calm down sensory bottles
Calm Down Sensory Bottles, as the name describes, are great for calming down kids who are in timeout, bored & fidgety in the car, anxious, or struggling with sensory overload. Focusing on the objects in the Sensory Bottle will help a child calm down and focus their attention.
When used for “time-outs”, the Sensory Bottle is shaken and the child is told to watch the glitter. When it settles they can get up again.
It is widely accepted that breathing exercises are one of the most effective ways to help both kids and adults calm down. Belly breathing/deep breathing is frequently used in health settings to reduce stress and anxiety.
Ask your child to lie on their back and to close their eyes.
Hold the bottle to their chest.
Tell them to inhale through their nose and exhale through their mouth. Focus on the bottle moving upwards and downwards.
Repeat the exercise 5 or 10 times until your child feels relaxed. Practise this during calm and upset moments.
Jar of water
Hand towel, to dry the brush and to clean painted fingers
Stars or other stickers
Cheap, thin, white fabric
1l clear plastic bottle (you can ask a local restaurant to collect these for you)
Foam sheets (2 or more colours)
Brightly coloured tape
10 brightly coloured paper clips
Glitter-glue or glitter