I saw a really cute idea on pinterest for a meditation jar for kids and I wanted to make it. But then I realized... oh yeah! I live in absolute craziness...meditation? Yeah, never going to happen! And is giving my son a large mason jar a good idea? He is going to throw it. At me or at a wall? Depends on the mood and the day I guess.
Well I loved the idea, but we live in the real world here. We yell, we make messes and we take time outs.
There is no such thing as quiet meditation in my house!
I decided to take the idea and run with it, modifying it slightly to meet my needs.
First I cleaned out a Tree Hut Sugar Scrub container and peeled the labels off. This gave me a durable container to use for the TIME OUT JAR.
Next I heated 2 cups of water in the microwave. Don't aim for boiling water- but warm steamy water is ideal.
Next I squirted about a tablespoon of Glitter Glue in the container. You must use glitter glue! White glue and glitter will not work! Trust me on this one, I have a blog post in the works to prove it!
Pour the warm water in the container with the glitter glue.
Add a drop or two of food coloring to the glue and water.
I lined the lid of the container with glue and firmly sealed the jar.
And here you have a TIME OUT JAR.
When my little boy is getting out of control or having a meltdown I hand him the Time Out Jar. He shakes it up and sits it down. When the glitter has fallen to the bottom he can get up from time out and resume playing. Sometimes I need a time out too and I shake the jar and watch the glitter swirl for a moment, it is relaxing and soothing. It helps me regain my composure to make it through the day when things are very hectic.
This was super easy to make and it has saved us from dramatic time outs. How do you make time out work for your kids?