This week I have been making calm down bottles for Buddy. Initially I intended to make him just one, but it was so beautiful I couldn’t resist making an entire rainbow of them! The poor Train Driver has had to drink six bottles of apple juice in three days for this to happen, so I hope you all love them as much as I do!
Calm down bottles are a great little tool to use during time outs or for quiet time. Your toddler or child shakes the bottle vigorously and then watches the bottle until the glitter settles, giving them a moment to relax and and calm down. Personally, I use these as a distraction technique to deter Buddy from whichever dangerous activity he has decided to terrify me with that day (I’m sure he is on a personal mission to scale everything vertical in our house before the week is out….)
How we made our Calm Down Bottles
- Empty bottle – we used 750ml Apple juice bottles
- Food colouring
- Glitter Glue
- Pom Poms
- Bouncy Balls
- Mirror Shapes
I added the food colouring to hot water in the bottles until I achieved a colour I was happy with, then squeezed in the glitter glue. The hot water helps to break up the glitter glue and spreads it evenly throughout the mixture – there’s nothing soothing about clumps! You don’t need to measure any of these ingredients. If you shake the bottle and it isn’t glittery enough or the glitter settles too quickly, just add some more glitter glue!
When you are happy with the consistency of your Calm Down Bottle just throw in your sequins, some more glitter and any other little items you would like to include, glue on the top and you are good to go! (Remember to let your Calm Bottle cool before giving it to your child.)
Playing with them
We have been playing with these bottles for several days so please excuse Buddy’s changing outfits! Buddy enjoyed shaking the bottle and watching the glitter and sequins settle. Our bottles were quite heavy, so shaking them is a great workout for little arms! As we didn’t measure our ingredients (I’m just too lazy) some of the bottles settled faster than others. If you make a Rainbow of Calm Down Bottles like I did, you could select a quick or slow settling bottle dependant on how long you want your child to chill out for!
Buddy was given the green bottle to tempt him off the coffee table, again.
Buddy enjoyed lining the bottles up and shaking them one by one. Here he is surrounded by a rainbow of colours. I have to admit, these are really soothing and relaxing! I’ve even had a few shakes myself when Buddy’s in bed.
These calm down bottles are so easy to make, I don’t know why I didn’t make them sooner! As our bottles also have beads, sequins and other objects inside them, they can also be used as mini discovery bottles and they are perfect for practising colour identification too!
If you like these Sensory Bottles, you may also enjoy our Firework Sensory Bottle. Or if you love Rainbow Sensory Activities, why not check out our Rainbow Spaghetti Play, our Rainbow Oats or our Rainbow Water Beads.
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