When I used to work in a daycare with young toddlers (12-18 months), I had two secret weapons when it got rowdy: Bubbles and Calming Glitter Bottles! Check out my previous blog post all about the awesome-ness of bubbles!
Calming Glitter Bottles are great if you don’t want your house to get all sticky from bubbles and can’t go outside. The bottles are perfect right before naptime or if you just need a few minutes of quiet. Here is how easy they are to make!
Clear, plastic water bottles
What to do:
1. Fill the bottle with water. Leave a little room at the top to make shaking a little more exciting.
2. Add glitter. I have also added plastic fish toys, pony beads, and other random things.
3. Add food coloring.
4. Put the lid back on tightly. Wrap duct tape around it, or else you will have a mess. If you are worried, skip the food coloring, and then you will just have a watery glittery mess.
5. Shake the bottle!
I have also skipped the water all together and put in pumpkin seeds, small sleigh bells, and other items related to the theme we were doing a particular week. Be advised though, when shaking items without water it can get very noisy, and lose the calming effect, but is still tons of fun!