calm down sensory bottles

Calm down sensory bottles: As the name describes they 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 calm down jar 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 his back and to close his/her eyes.

Ask him/herto close his/ her eyes and hold the calm down bottle his/ her chest.

Tell your child to inhale through the nose and exhale through his mouth. Focusonthe bottle moving upwards and downwards.

Repeat the exercise 5 or 10 times until your child feels relaxed.  Practise this during calm and upset moments.


Materials required:

  1. Brush& water in a jug

  2. Water colour paint

  3. X1 pipe cleaner

  4. Star or other stickers

  5. Cheap thin white fabric

  6. Plastic bottle ( a 1 litre clear plastic bottle, you can ask a local restaurant to collect these for you)

  7. Foam sheets (2 or more colours)

  8. Hand towel, each child should have a hand towel (always when working with paint or ink), to dry the brush and to clean painted fingers

  9. Scissors

  10. Masking-tape

  11. x 10 Bright paper clips

  12. Glitter-glue or glitter

step by step

Scared that you will forget some of the steps? Download and print a step by step  "cheat sheet" to keep handy whilst presenting your class. Download the PDF here.