How To Make a Calm Down Sensory Bottle

to help tame those toddler tantrums

So lately we have been battling toddler tantrums in a pretty hard core way.


My son is what you could call stubborn, or strong willed, a little dramatic even. I get it because his father and I are both the exact same way so genetically it was bound to happen – there was really no escaping it. I guess you could call it karma.


I’m pretty patient, and can handle the first five of the day no problem, but by the time number fifteen comes around I am in need of something for my migraine.


The thing is, the issues that cause these tantrums would probably be hilarious if they weren’t happening to me.


To make the whole situation even more challenging, time outs don’t really work for us. I just end up with a kid screaming, kicking walls and not able to calm down long enough to learn his lesson.


The whole thing is painful for everyone involved.


I decided that there had to be a better way, I mean I couldn’t possibly have the only kid in history who threw fits for no logical reason and had an aversion to time-outs! I mean is that basically the definition of a toddler, right?


That’s when I discovered the “Calm Down Bottles”


Basically it’s a bottle filled with water, glue and a bunch of glitter. When you shake it all the glitter floats around and slowly settles, allowing children to calm down and relax as they watch in wonder.


I actually think it’s supposed to teach little ones how to meditate, which is not an issue I’m willing to tackle at thing stage in the game – I’m just focusing on the potential this has as an awesome time out companion!!


Not only will it help focus strong willed kiddos like mine during a tantrum, but it will also help them to relax, calm down and self-sooth!! Kind of genius! Not to mention the fact that I won’t have to watch a clock or set a timer anymore because the amount of time it would take for the glitter to settle will likely exceed the amount of time I’d have my 2-year-old in time out anyway!!


To make one, here’s what you’ll need:




Plastic VOSS Artesian Water (I like how sleek these looked compared to other bottles – but any plastic bottle will do)

Elmer’s Glitter Glue (6 oz.) – comes in all colors but my son’s favorite color is orange so it was a no brainer!

1/8 cup Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap

Glitter and/or confetti (in various sizes and weight)

1-2 Tablespoons Washable Tempera Glitter Pant

1 ½ cups warm water





Remove the water and labels from your bottle. Combine warm water with the glitter glue and paint in a large bowl and whisk until combined.


Add in glitter(s) and confetti.


Pour mixture back into the VOSS bottle until about ¾ of the way full. Then add in the soap. The more soap you add the slower your glitter will move throughout the bottle, so play around with it.


Top bottle off with more water.


Once you are happy with the consistency make sure to super glue or hot glue the lid closed to avoid having a temper tantrum of your own!




4 thoughts on “How To Make a Calm Down Sensory Bottle

  1. I still love these even though my kids are grown up! I think I’ll make some for them anyway lol. Thanks for reminding me who awesome them are at calming. They worked for my kids.

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