Double, double, toil and trouble.
Fire burn and cauldon bubble.
Jar of water, glue and more.
Add on top glitter galore.
This month, we're brewing sensory bottles.
You can use all kinds of small objects like beads and buttons to make them unique.
But today, we'll be focusing on glitter-based ones.
Also known as calm down bottles.
They are a great tool to use on the go.
Think of them as colorful snowglobes.
Kids and adults alike enjoy watching the glitter swirl and slowly descend to the bottom.
The colors, the patterns, the speed all serve as a distraction.
This helps people regulate their breathing and in turn, their emotions.
So everyone just CALM DOWN and get to crafting.
All you need is a medium-size plastic jar or bottle, hot water, food coloring, and clear glue.
And of course, lots and lots of GLITTER!
Because glitter gives EVERYTHING more glamour.
Ready? Let's get started.
Give It Some Glue
Fill 1/3 of your bottle or jar with clear glue.
Elmer's brand is recommended.
Work In The Water
Add hot water the rest of the way up.
Leave about one or two inches of space at the top.
Put in a couple drops of food coloring.
Secure the lid and shake to mix.
Grab the Glitter
Add A LOT of glitter to your concoction.
The glitter color should contrast the food coloring.
This'll make it stand out.
Shake It Up!
Screw on the lid tight.
Keep one hand on top of it.
Now do your thing and shake, Shake, SHAKE!
Step 5 (Optional)
Glitter. Shake. REPEAT.
Let the mixture settle for a few minutes.
Not enough glitter for you?
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until satisfied.
Top Off The Mixture
Test how fast the glitter falls.
To slow it down, add more glue and a couple drops of dish liquid, another slowing component.
Keep repeating until desired speed.
Fill up the rest of the jar if any space with hot water.
Seal It SHUT!
As an extra precaution...
Add hot glue or super glue to the inside of the lid and screw it down fast.
Let dry for an hour before play.
ALL GLITZED OUT!
Oooooh. Look at that sparkle. ✨
Down and down it goes.
Where it stops, no one knows.
Don't forget to snap a couple of photos, tag them #DPCrafternoons and share with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Interested in making more?
Check out this Sensory Bottle Bible for other awesome bottles along with some troubleshooting tips.
It's important to take a few minutes every day to just BREATHE.
We get so caught up in day to day life that we forget to take care of ourselves too.
Take a short walk. Empty your mind for 10 minutes. DRINK WATER throughout the day.
You may not even realize you're dehydrated when you feel a headache.
And think it's just stress.
So get moving and...
♫ Shake It Up ♫
♫ Shake It Up ♫
♫ Ah, Ah, Ah, Shake It Up, Shake It Up ♫