Great idea and post from the folks at Lemon Lime Adventures. A favorite blog of mine.
Calm down jars can be any jar filled with a simple mixture of glue, glitter and warm water. If you are like us, you add in one of your favorite toys, too… LEGO! Any time your child (or you) need a break, give the jar a GREAT BIG shake (I promise the shaking is part of the “therapy”) and then watch and wait for the glitter to settle. The wait can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes.
In our case, our added minifigure continues to agitate the mixture, so it takes a little longer to settle. Plus its really fun to try to get your Legoman to rise up the side in different positions
Why Should You Have a Calm Down Jar?
A calm down jar has multiple purposes. Since they can be found all over the internet, I thought it would fun to visit a few reasons you might want a calm down jar for your home.
They are pretty and inviting. In our home, we do not just use our calm down jar when someone is upset. In fact, because we made our with one of our favorite toys, they sit on our bookshelf in the main room and we revisit them often. When they are not in use, they become a piece of art, a conversation piece. It is rare that someone visits our home without asking about them. It never fails, they then spend at least 10 minutes shaking, turning, and watching our minifigure dance in the solution.
They are calming. Okay, that was a given, I know. But really, Whether you are 2 or 92, a calm down jar brings you piece of mind. Its like being entranced under a magicians spell that can’t be broken. With the addition of our minifigure, the addiction just gets stronger. As many of you know, our family is taking a challenge for a more peaceful home. The calm down jar has been an invaluable tool. I challenge anyone to still want to yell after waiting for all the glitter to settle. (We put extra glitter glue, so you might have to wait a bit).
They provide proprioceptive, visual and tactile input. Woah, Woah, Woah. What does all that mean, right? Shaking, squeezing, turning, and watching the jars as the glitter settle allows your body to recieve sensory input needed to organize thoughts, focus your attention, and “rewire” your nervous system. Legoman’s favorite thing to do is hang upside down in a chair and watch his minifigure; therefore, receiving vestibular input as well.
They take the focus off of the punishment. Often times, when our children are angry, upset or throwing a temper tantrum it is because they are so upset they are unable to communicate their needs to us. Think about it, as adults we do the same thing, some of us have learned to manage our emotions over time. Some of us still blow up and yell. By giving our children time to calm down before communicating we are giving them a fair chance to solve problems and explain their thoughts to us. Honestly, sometimes it gives us time to calm down before communicating with our children.
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