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5 DIY Calm Down Bottles for the Kids

5 DIY Calm Down Bottles for the Kids

Calm down bottles, also known as calm down jars, have been very popular over the last few years. They are excellent for calming kids who are in timeout, kids who are dealing with sensory overload, or kids that are just bored.

5 DIY Calm Down Bottles for the Kids

I first found out about these cool bottles thanks to a photo on Pinterest linking to this Mama OT post. It’s a good read on how great these are for helping your little one calm down. I knew instantly that this was one project I had to try for myself. Check out the five calm down bottles that I decided to make and try one (or more) out for yourself!

Sunrise Calm Down Bottle

I love watching this bottle in action! It’s pretty close to being my favorite one. It was also very simple to make out of things you might have lying around the house.

Supplies:
  • Water bottle (I chose this Voss bottle for the size and shape but Smart Water is a good one to use also)
  • Hand soap (The milk and golden honey by Softsoap is THE way to go for this one)
  • Liquid Food coloring (I used candy coloring but it didn’t work the way I had wanted. I imagine liquid food coloring would have worked much better)
  • Water
Directions:

I poured warm water into my water bottle until it was about 3/4 full and added a few drops of orange food coloring. The rest of the bottle was filled with hand soap. Once it was filled to the very top, I closed it and gave it a very good shake. It instantly started working it’s magic.

Sunrise Calm Down Bottle

Glitter Bomb Calm Down Bottle

Anything with glitter makes my day better! Which is why this bottle is definitely my favorite so far. It is so pretty as everything swirls around. You can’t help but keep shaking it over and over.

Supplies:
  • Water bottle (I chose this Voss bottle for the size and shape but Smart Water is a good one to use also)
  • Glitter Glue (We bought this variety pack from Amazon – because you never know when you’ll need glitter glue, right?)
  • Glitter (optional) – Extra fine (If you use glitter for a variety of projects, I recommend getting this pack of multiple colors)
  • Water
Directions:

Start with pouring your glitter glue of choice into the bottle. You can also use clear glue such as this tacky glue, along with extra fine glitter (any color). I recommend filling the bottle about 1/4 full. Next, I added more glitter for extra sparkle but it really isn’t needed. Add hot water until you have completely filled the bottle, cap it, and shake it up! Easy and 1-2-3 and A-B-C.

Glitter Bomb Calm Down Bottle

Critter Calm Down Bottle

The easiest calm down bottle of them all is this critter calm down bottle. It literally took three things to complete it and the possibilities are endless! I have even seen this type of calm down bottle used with rice for a “seek and find” type bottle. A variety of tiny toys can be used for the kids to find along with other things such as letters, bugs, etc.

Supplies:
  • Water bottle (I chose this Voss bottle for the size and shape but Smart Water is a good one to use also)
  • Stretchy critters (snakes, lizards, and frogs) – This is really up to you!
  • Food coloring (optional) – I started with food coloring but changed my mind and decided to stick with clear water.
  • Water
Directions:

Put your toys of choice in the water bottle. Pour in water the rest of the way until you have completely filled the bottle. If you decide to color your water, I recommend that you color your water in a separate container and then pour it into your water bottle. You can also add more toys if you want them to fill more of the bottle. Super easy!

Critter Calm Down Bottle

Galaxy Calm Down Bottle

This calm down bottle is definitely a cool one! I love watching how the mineral oil and water react to each other with every shake and turn. In hindsight, I should have used less of the large confetti as they tend to clump together and don’t look how I imagined they would.

Supplies:
  • Water bottle (I chose this Voss bottle for the size and shape but Smart Water is a good one to use also)
  • Mineral oil (or baby oil) – It was a little difficult to find this mineral oil in Walmart but you can easily order mineral oil from Amazon.
  • White glitter (extra fine)
  • Liquid food coloring (I wanted a purple color so I used red and blue)
  • Confetti (optional) – I used stars and moon shapes. This bag of silver star confetti looks perfect and is pretty cheap.
  • Water
Directions:

Fill the bottle halfway with mineral oil (or baby oil if that’s what you have). Next, add your glitter and star confetti (optional). Fill another container with the approximate amount of water you would need to fill half the bottle, add food coloring and mix well. Pour colored water into the bottle and fill to the top. Close the bottle and shake well to watch the galaxy swirl before you!

Galaxy Calm Down Bottle

Ocean Waves Calm Down Bottle

What a cool calm down bottle! I love the ocean and although this isn’t the real thing, I really enjoy watching the “waves” this combination of liquids creates. I wonder if it would look even cooler with little fish floating around as well. Or maybe some small shells.

Supplies:
  • Water bottle (I chose this Voss bottle for the size and shape but Smart Water is a good one to use also)
  • Cooking oil (I used vegetable oil)
  • Blue food coloring
  • Water
Directions:

First, mix your water and blue food coloring together in a separate container. If you like the light blue, it doesn’t take much food coloring. Once the water and coloring is mixed, pour it into your bottle. Next, fill the rest of the bottle with the cooking oil. Cap it, shake it, and pretend you’re swimming through the ocean waves!

Ocean Waves Calm Down Bottle

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at some different types of calm down bottles you can create. Now, get out there and do it yourself (DIY – get it?)!

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