After attending some family counseling with my children, I ended up with some great ideas to help my boys deal with anger and frustration appropriately. My favorite is the glitter bottle. The swirling and twinkling of the glitter is mesmerizing, almost as if you're looking deep into outer space. It's a little trippy. But it does wonders for the attitude of a cranky kid! Simply hand it to them when they start to get angry and instruct them to shake instead of sending them to timeout. Here's how to make these simple timeout glitter bottles to help a frustrated kid calm down quickly.
Timeout Glitter Bottle Tutorial
*Empty 1-liter plastic bottle with lid
*Small bottle of glitter glue
1. Wash your empty plastic bottle and remove the label. If you have a difficult time removing the sticky residue from the label, try a little Citrisolv on a paper towel--works like a charm!
2. Fill your bottle about 3/4 full with water. You don't want it too full or you won't be able to shake it up properly!
3. Squeeze the contents of the glitter glue into the bottle. The glitter glue might take some time to become diluted and really work well. Just be patient and those globs will soon melt away!
4. Pour fine glitter (preferably the same color as your glitter glue) into the bottle. I used almost a whole vial of my glitter, but how much you use is up to you. I would say 4-5 Tablespoons would be plenty. If it doesn't look like enough when you shake it up, add some more.
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