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Crazy Calm Down Jar

calm down jarMore than just glass jars full of glitter, these calm down jars by Momma Owl’s Lab are a meditation tool and a way to help over-excited kids calm down.

At first I didn’t realize they were for kids, and I thought, “Um, my jars are already pretty calm, even without glitter.” But then, after actually thinking about it for five seconds, I figured out that hyper kids can shake the jars up, plop down on the couch, and focus on sitting still until the glitter settles.

Unless they’ve recently eaten Pixie Stix – science still hasn’t found a way to peel kids off the ceiling after eating those.

I have to admit, my house is a little crazy, so I was intrigued. Momma Owl tried six different mixtures, and even timed them so we’d know how long each recipe took to settle. How could we go wrong?

calm down jar failReader Kristyn tried a similar tutorial, but instead of a nifty meditation tool, she came up with this sparkly little gem. I can’t be sure, but it looks like a peanut butter jar filled all the way to the top with solid glitter.

Wait, that’s genius, Kristyn! Give that to the kids in the morning, and they’ll be on the couch ALL DAY waiting for the glitter to float to the bottom. Winning!

calm down jar nailed itFor more laughs head to Hollow Tree Ventures, where Robyn could probably make a whole set of these just with glitter from the bottom of her purse.

5 Responses to Crazy Calm Down Jar

  1. Ok, maybe I just hang with the tough kids – but my first thought here was “What right-thinking individual would hand a hyperactive kid a glass jar?” Around here, someone would need stitches or a CAT scan if I started arming the natives. “Here darling, why don’t you sit down next to your brother while I hand both of you some glass projectiles!”

  2. Thalia says:

    Giving a hyperactive child a glass jar filled with glitter. I’m not sure if that’s a fail or an epic win… Depends if the kid is yours ;)

  3. char says:

    I share the reservations about giving a glass jar to an angry kid… but craft-wise, I bet the problem was using a plastic jar. I can imagine glitter clinging to the sides something awful. If you used glass I bet it would work.

  4. Amanda says:

    Now I have done these, and while there is no way in hell I would give a small child (possibly not even my 8 year old) a glass jar, these can be done in plastic. Like the peanut butter jar, although personally I would have used a different color. I keep one of those jars on my desk, it helps with college math homework and keeps me from destroying computers.

  5. Andrea says:

    So lots of people are asking ” why would you give a child a glass jar?” Because you wouldn’t! In no way did I get from reading the Pinterest pic that I should give it to my child. Sit your kid in a corner, shake up the jar, put it up high where they can see it and then when all the glitter falls and the kid calms down viola it’s over. People are reading too much into this! Seriously people. I think it’s a great idea. Note to you all: don’t give the jar to the kid. Just let them watch it.

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