Super Simple Recycled Sensory Jar

There are so many ways to make sensory bottles.  Today I wanted to share a super simple sensory bottle idea that is perfect for those calm-down moments we all crave.  You know the times we all have when a child (or mom!) is just needs to refocus and calm down.  It’s a time when many of us fidget, bite our nails, or seek out sensory input.  This sensory jar is an easy way to calm down and it’s an easy recycled jar to make, too.

Use a recycled mason jar to make an easy sensory calm down jar

Recycled mason Jar Sensory Calm Down Jar

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For this sensory bottle, we used items that we had on hand.  
Mason jar
Glitter glue
Yarn in various colors

Use a recycled mason jar to make an easy sensory calm down jar

To make this sensory jar, cut the yarn into 6 inch lengths.  Pour a glob of glitter glue into the bottom of the mason jar.  Add the yarn and fill the jar with water.  At this point, you can add extra loose glitter, but if you don’t want that added cost, it’s an easy step to skip.  

Use a recycled mason jar to make an easy sensory calm down jar

Be sure to add glue to the jar lid at this point to secure the lid.  Close the jar and give it a shake.  

Use a recycled mason jar to make an easy sensory calm down jar

Watch the falling glitter from the glitter glue and the swirling yarn as you and your child calms down.

Use a recycled mason jar to make an easy sensory calm down jar

**We used a glass mason jar for this activity.  You can substitute the glass for a recycled plastic jar for safety reasons.  Use your judgement regarding what is best for your individual children.

Want to see more ways to use recycled jars in creative crafts and learning activities? Try these ideas:
DIY Snow globe by Kidz Activities(not shown) 
Recycle Plastic Pendant by Our Whimsicle Days 
Calm Down Sensory Bottle by Sugar Aunts 
Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift by Crafty Mama in ME 
Chalkboard Lid Jars by Play and Learn Everyday 
Photo Jar Luminaries by Mum in the Madhouse 
Sea Glass Suncather by The Gingerbread House 

Edible Sand Jars by Playdough & Popsicles 
Fairy Lights Recycle Jars by Peakle Pie 
Washi Tape Photo Jars by Teach me Mommy
Nature Gifts by Nemscok Farms

Use a recycled mason jar to make an easy sensory calm down jar

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Ultimate Guide to Teaching Kids to Get Dressed

Kids grow up fast.  They are snugly newborns one day and before you know it, they are heading off to preschool (I don’t want to think about those older years!).  Those first few years of childhood are loaded with learning and growth. One area of independence is when kids learn to dress themselves.  Many parents have questions about when kids learn to get dressed on their own, how to help their child in this area of self-care, and what might be stopping their child when there are difficulties.  

Read all of our Functional Skills and tips for creating childhood independence here.

This month’s post in the Functional Skills for Kids series is all about teaching kids to get dressed on their own.  If you’ve been following along with this series, you know that each month ten Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists are joining together to cover functional skills of childhood.  You can catch up on all of the posts in this series here.

How to Help Kids Get Dressed on Their Own: Childhood Independence with Dressing Skills

Tips from Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist bloggers on how to teach kids to get dressed on their own with modifications to prerequisites for independence with self-dressing skills.

Use these One handed shoe tying techniques to build skills with one handed dressing tasks.

Tips to help kids to get dressed on their own
Be sure to stop back to see what the Functional Skills for Kids team covers next month!