Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Calming Jar

Busy is a very busy 3 year old and often her emotions run high. We say she has a case of the really's. She gets really excited, really frustrated, really sad and really any other emotion. I saw this calming jar idea here and thought it could really work for her. We made it together while I explained to her that when ever she started to get a case of the really's, she could get the jar, shake it then watch the glitter settle to the bottom. We talked about how doing so would calm her emotions then she could continue to play or rejoin whatever was going on.

So far it seems to be working :)

*We also made a plastic container version which I would suggest for a classroom or for younger hands.


  1. I've seen this on pinterest and wondered if it would really work! I don't look forward to the tantrums but the extremes of being really excited sound fun!

    1. Elizabeth, the really excited part is amazing to be a part of! It is so contagious and takes you back to childhood when they get so excited about things that you did as a child :) The tantrums are certainly no fun, but everything is a learning experience and we all survive ;) The jar has worked so far and even Tanner likes it when he gets upset.