I saw this on Pinterest the other day, via the awesome Here We Are Together blog. It was meant for children, but honestly I can see how it couldn’t hurt for adults too. I mean who doesn’t get stressed during the day? Or angry or upset about something? Why not make your own “Calm Down Jar.” I’m thinking you could keep one at work on your desk or at home for when the kids are fighting. When the glitter settles (and it’s both calming and mesmerizing to watch it happen) you feel magically calmer. Your kids can pick their color for their jar too, so it’s a fun activity to make with them.
Here We Are Together describes it perfectly: A Mind Jar is a meditation tool to use whenever a child feels stressed, overwhelmed or upset. Imagine the glitter as your thoughts.
What You Will Need (instructions at the bottom of the page):
- Mason jar or baby food jar. Really, any kind of watertight jar will work.
- Hot water
- Food coloring
- Glitter glue
Here’s How: (Instructions from Here We Are Together)
“Mix 1 Tbsp of pink glitter-glue with about 1 cup of hot water, then added pink food coloring and a tiny tub of glitter. The glue makes the water so thick and gooey that the glitter just slowly and gently swirls around, it takes about 5 minutes for all the glitter to settle, perfect to gather your thoughts!”
I’ll be making some of these this week. One for each child, and maybe one for me too!