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
Water
Glue


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:
Jars
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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Weekend Kit for the Sports Team Family

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita Universal Jug Cooler Filtration System for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


Things have been a bit hectic in our house recently. When you have four aged 8 and under, every day has it’s moments of hecticness. But with the warmer weather we’ve been having, we, we are outside a lot more. School routines are going strong with the addition of spring field trips and planning for the end of the school year.  
There is one thing that is new to our routine.  And is keeping us on our dirty, busy toes.  
Three kids are playing ball.  
We have a softball player, a baseball player, and a T-ball player. They love it and Mom and Dad love watching them love it.  But with all of that ball-playing, we’re spending a TON of time at the ball fields.  We are prepared to spend weekends for the next couple of months running from game to game and dusty field to dusty field.


Weekend Kit for the Sports Team Family
As a mom of four, I try to be prepared.  I mean, you have to be. One of the four always needs something, all of the time.  It usually happens like this: The four-year-old spills an entire drink all over her clothes, minutes before two others are suddenly SO. THIRSTY. It just helps to have that extra change of clothes and another drink ready to go.  So, when I was invited to try out the Brita Universal Jug Filter, I jumped at the chance.  With all of those weekends at the ball fields, we need a system to keep us sane (and a way to keep kids from dumping their last drops of water all over themselves!)
Weekend Kit for the Sports Team Family with a Brita Jug Filter system for filtered water
The Brita Jug Filter system fits into your favorite jug coolers and filters out the chlorine taste and odor from typical tap water. I was excited to fill a big water jug with tap water and ice for dusty ball game after dusty ball game. The icy water in the full water jug cooler is inviting for the kids and the Brita Jug Filter system makes the water taste better too.  
Weekend Kit for the Sports Team Family with a Brita Jug Filter system for filtered water
We put the water jug into the back of our mini van so that all four of the kids could fill up their reusable water bottles and stay hydrated all day long.  This was the perfect solution to throwing away hundreds of disposable water bottles this summer at baseball, softball, and T-ball.
Weekend Kit for the Sports Team Family with a Brita Jug Filter system for filtered water
I added another organization strategy to our baseball-induced hectic days:  A plastic bin filled with family essentials.  This is a bin we can keep in our van and have everything we need for a day at the ball fields: extra sweatshirts, sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, coloring books, little toys for my toddler and preschooler, and a big blanket for sitting on.  It’s a sanity saver in a bin and it’s got a new home in our trunk! 
Along with the plastic bin, I’ve got the Brita Jug and Filter System ready to go for each game day. 
Weekend Kit for the Sports Team Family with a Brita Jug Filter system for filtered water
We tried the Brita Jug Filter system on a five gallon Coleman jug cooler, but the filter system works great on Igloo and Rubbermaid jug coolers, too. I especially love the filter replacement sticker that we stuck right onto the cooler.  It’s an easy way to remember to change out the filters every two months. You can find the Brita Jug Filter system at Home Depot online at homedepot.com or visit the website to purchase.
Weekend Kit for the Sports Team Family with a Brita Jug Filter system for filtered water
Are you spending a lot of time at the ball fields this season?  Try the Brita Jug and Filter system to hydrate your family with better tasting water!
I have great news for you. Because the Brita Jug Filter system is an unsung hydration “hero”, Brita is asking for submissions for people to nominate their unsung hero via a photo submission on BritaJugFilter.com and H2Ohero. Just like the Brita Jug Filter is hidden, unseen in the jug cooler, an unsung hero is a person who makes other people’s lives a little bit better. 
The Brita Jug Filter is an unsung hero for making water taste better. Heroes that help others may not wear capes or masks, but they are doing their best to make the lives of other’s better, too!  
Do you know someone that is an unsung hero? Celebrate them by uploading a picture or video at Be a Brita Hero or by sharing on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #H2Ohero.  Ask your friends to vote for your unsung hero nomination.  They just might make it to the final four round and have a chance to win a trip to Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas!

Submissions are being accepted through May 8th and the official winner announced on May 28th.


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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.

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!