This Simple DIY Toy Can Actually Calm Down Your Kids

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.