Calm Down Bottles
Have you ever heard of 'Calm Down Bottles?' They are an absolutely great activity for your little one when they need a little break, some quiet time or just to calm down! I have experienced this for myself in a classroom environment throughout my teaching years and it sure does add a sense of calm behaviour within a child.
These bottles can also be used in lieu of potty training to keeping that little one on the potty for longer! Famous two words from children who are being potty trained, 'I'm finished!' - After 2 seconds of being on the potty because, well, let's be real, playtime is so much more interesting than having to sit on the potty! The struggle can be real!
The best part about these bottles is that they can be personalised in any and every way according to the interests of your child!
What you will need:
- An empty water bottle (I know we as a world are trying our utmost best to avoid plastic however I feel for young children glass can be dangerous)
- Clear glue
- Add-ins; sequins, glitter, beads & whatever your little ones heart desires! (Try to avoid it being too heavy as it will be harder to handle for those little hands)
- Super Glue
- Food colouring (optional)
What to do:
- Fill the bottom of your bottle with the clear glue; 1/4 -1/2 a cup will do.
- Add your chosen add-ins, this is probably the best part where your child can be super creative and have fun!
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
- To avoid the bottle opening during play, place some super glue on the lid and screw it on tight. (Let it dry completely before being handled)
What are the benefits of these bottles?
Children are fascinated by the items in the bottle such as the glitter in it which moves slowly and are interested in the slow sinking of the items. You may notice that their breathing which is helpful for them to manage themselves as well as their emotions.
- Language Skills - As children express their play experience, they are expanding their vocabulary and their language skills.
- Fine Motor Skills - By the manipulation of small objects, fine motor skills are developed through this use of the small muscles in their fingers. (pinching some glitter and putting it in the bottle top)
- Social Skills - If the 'calm down bottles' are being used in a classroom environment or with more than one child, their social skills can develop by learning to share and also by playing and communicating with those around them while engaging in this activity.
Last little tip, you can even make theme-related bottles; valentines day, easter, Christmas, a favourite animated movie, etc.
Until next time,