This Simple DIY Toy Can Actually Calm Down Your Kids

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Snow globes are beloved for their soothing, ethereal effect, but these DIY Glitter Jars are even more mesmerizing. Made from simple household art supplies and mason jars, they create a swirling, iridescent sensory experience that can keep kids–and you–calm, focused, and intrigued for hours—okay, at least minutes—on end. Making Glitter Jars is a great project for kids to help out on too and they even make pretty office gifts.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time Required: 5 Minutes

Supplies You'll Need

  • Water
  • Glitter glue
  • Glitter, you can use fine, large or both
  • Mason jar or other container–plastic is best for little hands
  • Food coloring, optional

DIY Glitter Jar Instructions

  1. Depending on the size of your jar or bottle, fill it about ¾ of the way with warm water. Be sure to measure how much water you're using.
  2. For every cup of water you use, add 1-2 tablespoons of glitter glue to the jar.
  3. Add the glitter until it’s ½ inch to ¾ of an inch deep from the bottom of the jar.
  4. Next, if you'd like, add a few drops of food coloring to the jar for a bolder color.
  5. Close the jar. You can seal the lid with glue for extra protection before closing.
  6. Let your kids shake and play. A great "time-out timer," these jars will help keep kids calm and relaxed.