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5 Minute Calming Glitter Jar


This Glitter Jar is a Creative way to get your kids to calm down when they get out of control or frustrated. This will give your child something to focus on for 5 minutes while calming down. This is also known as a calming, “mind jar”. It also works as a fun timer for kids for just about anything! Brushing teeth, reading time, homework, etc…….

Super easy!! Not too expensive.



  •  A jar of your choice (empty mayo jar if you want plastic jar instead of glass)
  • Glitter Glue (Dollar store)
  • Corn Syrup (amount depends on how thick and slow you want the glitter to settle)
  • Food coloring (2 drops)
  •  Warm water


  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of glitter-glue with about 1 cup of hot water, stir until the glue “melts” and mixes. add more water to fill the jar once the glue melts.
  2. Add food coloring and a tiny tub of glitter. (amounts depend on how you want it to look).
  3. At this point you will notice that the glitter settles really quick! Not enough time to focus and gather thoughts. So ADD corn syrup, 1 tablespoon at a time until it is the “thickness” you want.
  4. Super Glue the Top to prevent accidents.

Ideas on How To Use: 
           When you first start to notice your kids getting upset – suggest that they use the glitter jar and tell them they cannot get up until it is clear. If they reply “NO!” – shake the Glitter Jar yourself and place it somewhere close to them, where they can see it – hopefully they will look at it and calm down!



Mother, Pediatric Nurse and a Trail Blazer for Positive Change.

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