Inspired by my trainings with the Momentous Institute, I wanted to try and make my own version of their glitter ball which worked so well with my students when I was an administrator. Every teacher in the school had one of the glitter balls in the calm down boxes we made for each of them – its such a simple, yet effective tool. However rather than purchasing one, I followed the directions they have on their website!
I also made these Settle Your Glitter Cards that you can download and print for free. I retyped their script so that you could have something easily on hand to reference as you begin using this tool. Though its effective even without understanding the “settle your glitter” I think it’s helpful when you explain to your child (if they’re old enough to understand) how the brain doesn’t work properly when one is frustrated/angry/upset aka their glitter needs to be settled. I can’t wait to hear about how it works with your child.
Please also check out my Instagram stories for some calm down bottles that I love because the possibilities are really endless! Get creative! Have a cars fan? Put in a small car for them to find in the glitter! A unicorn lover? Try pinks and purples and small unicorn glitter!
- bottle/jar (I found mine in the dollar section at Michaels, but I have also repurposed old water bottles),
- clear or glitter glue
- optional: miscellaneous small toys
- optional: food coloring
- Squeeze glue into the bottom of the bottle – squeeze for about 4 or 5 seconds, approximately half an inch deep depending on the size of your bottle.
- Fill the jar almost to the top with water.
- Add in some glitter and any objects you’d like for your child. You don’t need a lot of glitter (perhaps a small spoonful) and a little goes a long way.
- Shake and test to make sure you have the right ratio of glue and water; you can always dump some out and experiment with different portions.
- Glue the lid to the bottle! Make sure it’s tight and dry before giving to your child.
- Shake it up! Then hold it steady. Watch the glitter fall. Take some deep breaths.