Lego Calm Down Jar

LEGO CALM DOWN JAR

Do you have a child who can get quite upset, needs quiet time, or enjoys being alone? If you are a regular here, you know just how explosive my oldest, Legoman, can be. Due to his troubles withsensory processing disorder and anxiety, he can get really worked up and overstimulated easily. ThisLego Calm Down Jar has been a lifesaver many times over the past few months and has become a family favorite for quiet time.

Lego Calm Down Jar

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Calm Down Jars are nothing new. In fact, I have seen some pretty amazing ones over the years as anearly childhood educator. You can find them on PinterestFacebook, and linked in almost any sensory processing support group.

Never seen one before?

Calm down jars can be any jar filled with a simple mixture of glue, glitter and warm water. If you are like us, you add in one of your favorite toys, too… LEGO! Any time your child (or you) need a break, give the jar a GREAT BIG shake (I promise the shaking is part of the “therapy”) and then watch and wait for the glitter to settle. The wait can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes.

In our case, our added minifigure continues to agitate the mixture, so it takes a little longer to settle. Plus its really fun to try to get your Legoman to rise up the side in different positions.

Calm Down Jar with lego

WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE A CALM DOWN JAR?

A calm down jar has multiple purposes. Since they can be found all over the internet, I thought it would fun to visit a few reasons you might want a calm down jar for your home.

They are pretty and inviting. In our home, we do not just use our calm down jar when someone is upset. In fact, because we made our with one of our favorite toys, they sit on our bookshelf in the main room and we revisit them often. When they are not in use, they become a piece of art, a conversation piece. It is rare that someone visits our home without asking about them. It never fails, they then spend at least 10 minutes shaking, turning, and watching our minifigure dance in the solution.

They are calming. Okay, that was a given, I know. But really, Whether you are 2 or 92, a calm down jar brings you piece of mind. Its like being entranced under a magicians spell that can’t be broken. With the addition of our minifigure, the addiction just gets stronger. As many of you know, our family is taking a challenge for a more peaceful home. The calm down jar has been an invaluable tool. I challenge anyone to still want to yell after waiting for all the glitter to settle. (We put extra glitter glue, so you might have to wait a bit).

They provide proprioceptive, visual and tactile input. Woah, Woah, Woah. What does all that mean, right? Shaking, squeezing, turning, and watching the jars as the glitter settle allows your body to recieve sensory input needed to organize thoughts, focus your attention, and “rewire” your nervous system. Legoman’s favorite thing to do is hang upside down in a chair and watch his minifigure; therefore, receiving vestibular input as well.

They take the focus off of the punishment. Often times, when our children are angry, upset or throwing a temper tantrum it is because they are so upset they are unable to communicate their needs to us. Think about it, as adults we do the same thing, some of us have learned to manage our emotions over time. Some of us still blow up and yell. By giving our children time to calm down before communicating we are giving them a fair chance to solve problems and explain their thoughts to us. Honestly, sometimes it gives us time to calm down before communicating with our children.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CALM DOWN JAR WITH LEGO

DIY Calm Down Jar

What You Need:

We started by adding in about half a bottle of Elmer’s Glitter Glue. Each boy picked their favorite colors.

Then we added in warm water, enough to almost fill the jar. (Save room for shaking and movement in the bottle)

Add in a tad bit of food coloring and extra glitter (otherwise you will see the particles of glue separate and it won’t look as uniform.)

Finally, add in one Lego minifigure. Put on the lid and tightly secure it.

Note: If you have a younger child or one that will open, I suggest hot gluing the lid closed.
 

NOW SHAKE! SHAKE LIKE THEIR IS NO TOMORROW. In fact, when we were making our jars for the first time, we turned on some music and had a dance party! You’re ready to go!

Calm down jar Legos

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Author: Lynda LaCour

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