Happy Monday, and welcome to June! We’ve been enjoying our past week with Ben, but today I have a fun project that we worked on geared more towards our other two boys … Glitter & Glue Calm Down Bottles.
This project is a part of a fun summer series we started last week called Think Outside The Toy Box. It’s a collaboration with five other bloggers and myself to try to come up with NEW and CREATIVE ways to use household items (that aren’t traditionally thought of as toys).
This week’s theme ‘item’ is plastic bottles. Last week, we created Glow Stick Lightning Bugs using plastic bottles … so really, that would have worked for this week’s theme, too, but I figured that’d be cheating, so I came up with another fun (and beyond easy) project.
I’ve seen these ‘calm down‘ bottles all over Pinterest. They’re also referred to as Timeout ‘timers’. The concept is the same … a way to distract (and hopefully calm down) a toddler who needs a ‘break’. Or, for a misbehaving toddler or preschooler, as a timer to sit in timeout (and hopefully calm him/her down while sitting there). The instructions are simple … sit there until the glitter is settled. The bottle is shaken up, given to the child, and then they watch as the glitter floats around, sparkles, swirls, and eventually … settles.
My two older boys get little high strung from time to time, and if these bottles can calm them down …. I’m all for it! We are still testing the ‘effectiveness’ of these out, but they do love to watch the glitter swirl around! This project was also SO EASY (which is key since our household is a bit … busy … lately).
You’ll only need a couple items to make these:
- Plastic bottle (and possibly Goo Gone to remove the label)
- Glitter Glue or Clear Glue (I used one bottle, you may want more if you want your ‘timer’ to last longer).
- Extra Fine Glitter
- Super Glue (not pictured)
MIX IT UP!
To make these bottles, simply mix up your ingredients inside the bottle until you’re happy with the consistency. Here’s the approximate quantities we used:
- Fill plastic bottle about half full of water. Hot water works best to help mix with the glue.
- Add an entire bottle of clear glue (or glitter glue)
- Add about 2 tablespoons of extra fine glitter (more or less to your liking)
- Top the rest of the bottle off with more water
- Super Glue on top (you don’t want your kiddos to decide to take a swig of this glittery glue mixture … that will definitely NOT calm them down!!).
It really is fun to watch the glitter settle … especially if you’re somewhere where the glitter catches the sunlight!
If I did this again, I would have either used clear glue with my gold glitter OR would have used matching glitter to the glitter glue (in this case red glitter along with the red glitter glue). The gold and red combo is not my favorite, but the boys seem to like it just fine!
Do you have any fun Plastic Bottle crafts, experiments, or other fun kid friendly activities? Link them up here and help us all come up with creative ideas for entertaining our kids this summer!
Stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series:
Up next Monday … Grocery Bags! Hmmm … the possibilites?!?! And here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer. We’d just love for you to join in the fun and link up some good ideas each week!
May 26 – Glow Sticks (Checkout our Glow Stick Lightning Bugs) June 2 – Plastic Soda Bottles
June 9 – Paper Grocery Bags
June 16 – Kool-Aid
June 23 – Ice Cream Cones
June 30 – Pool Noodles
July 7 – Wax Paper
July 14 – Puzzle Pieces
July 21 – Paper Cups
July 28 – Plastic Milk Jugs
Thanks so much for stopping by today! June 2nd happens to be Matt and I’s 7th Anniversary, so we’re planning to get a sitter for O & C and send Baby Ben to Grandma’s for a couple hours and attempt to go out to eat just the two of us! Wish us luck!