Calm Down Sensory Jar

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We love exploring sensory activities at my house.  The calm down jar, or sensory jar, was a fun way to do this.  We first made our calm down sensory jar in 2012.  Recently we decided to make a new one.  What better than to add a few cars to it for added fun. When big brother and little brother were little they loved the glitter filled jar.  They would sit and look at them often watching as the glitter fell.  I must admit these sensory bottles are fun to watch for even me.  We had just as much fun with our new car sensory bottle as we did our first years ago.  Now baby brother gets to enjoy it with us too.

Calm Down Sensory Jar

Calm Down Sensory Jar

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What we used:
clear plastic water bottle
mini cars
food coloring
clear glue
glitter
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How to make:
My son squeezed in glue to start.  Then added lots of glitter.  I added a drop of green food coloring to the bottle.  We then filled with warm water.  He shook it up to mix it all together.  Last he added a few of his little cars.
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He would tilt it from side to side saying he was driving his cars.  Watching as they slid back and forth.   It is said that when you need a “calm” moment to sit with your bottle and relax and watch. As you turn it upside down or side to side you see all the glitter and cars moving back and forth.  We have found that these sensory bottles are fun anytime.  We love finding new and fun ways to make them.   Now to think of what to make next.
Car sensory jar
The sensory/calm down jar from 2012.  For our first one we used an old peanut butter jar.  We also added corn syrup to slow the flow of the liquid and glitter.  Since the kids were so young when we made this the first time I hot glued the lid on to keep them from opening it.
More sensory bottle ideas:
Sensory Bottles- fine motor skills
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