Calming bottles can be a useful intervention tool for those on the spectrum. These glittery, captivating bottles can soothe children when they are upset and help them regulate their emotions. Even people who aren’t on the spectrum can plainly see why these bottles of pure glittery joy are capable of turning a bad day around!
Depending on the amount of time it takes for the glitter to settle to the bottom, the bottle can even be used as a timer for your children when they’re in timeout or just when they need a break from a task. A glitter bottle timer can be a great addition to a sensory area for a child with autism or help them learn the important but often difficult skill of waiting for something they want.
Do you want to make one yourself? Here’s what you’ll need to make sure your calming bottle looks just right when it’s finished!
Sturdy plastic water bottle
Clear tacky glue
Fine glitter or glitter glue (or both)
Anything else sparkly or engaging you want to add (like plastic confetti)
Superglue for gluing the cap shut so prying hands can’t make a mess out of it!
This video tutorial will walk you through the steps of making your own calming bottle. Take a look!
Do you have any tips to share about making calming bottles? Share in the comments! It’s always great to hear about the creative twists people take on a straightforward and easy project like this one!
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