Middle School – is there a more stressful time in a child’s life? If your child is like mine, she’s gone from being top dog at a school she was at for 6 years – one where everyone knew her name and gave her ample praise and encouragement to one where she is at the bottom of the social pecking order and only sees an occasional friendly face. It’s only been 3 weeks. It will get better. That is our mantra.

 

We have been planning to do this craft all summer but never got around to it, which was probably a good thing because it was the perfect craft for us to do after a hectic day of new schedules, new teachers, and lugging around a 20 pound backpack all over campus. A stress bottle, or calm down jar – it goes by several different names – is a good reminder to both of us to pause and take a deep breath every now and then and focus on something that can ease our mind. Plus it gave us an excuse to buy glitter.

 

So grab a bottle of Fresh Kidz all natural body wash – either the pink, purple, or blue will do and get ready for some calming crafting.

 

1 plastic bottle or glass mason jar

1 cup hot water

1 cup Fresh Kidz Body Wash for Boys or Girls

½ cup glitter

Few drops of food color

 

Pre-Crafting Tips: We used Voss water bottles because we liked the shape and look of them but you could choose any water bottle or glass mason jar. Another thing I liked about the Voss water bottles is that the lids are sturdy and did a good job of keeping the liquid from seeping out. You would probably not have the same luck with a water bottle with a flimsier cap. Also because the top is the same size as the rest of the bottle, it makes a nice base when you want to turn it upside down. Plus it has the word, “still” on the lid, which is a nice reminder of what it is you’re supposed to be doing.

 

Earlier in the summer, I had soaked the water bottles in the sink for a few hours to help remove the sticker. I also used a little bit of rubbing alcohol to remove residual glue.

 

How to Make your Fresh Kidz Body Wash Calm Down Jar: In a small mixing bowl or measuring cup (preferably one with a pouring spout) add 1 cup of Fresh Kidz body wash, ½ cup of glitter, and then very slowly 1 cup of very, very hot water. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Gently stir the mix together and then slowly pour into the water bottle.

 

Voila – your very own soothe your mind jar. Shake it up; pretend that all the bits of glitter are the distractions and problems ruining your day. Take a deep breath and slowly release it as all the glitter floats to the bottom.

 

Post-Crafting Tips: The 16.9 ounce water bottle holds about 2 ¼ cups of liquid. If you use a different size container, be sure to pay attention to how much liquid it holds because the combination for this project is ½ Fresh Kidz liquid soap, ½ hot water, ¼ glitter.

 

If you have to much glitter stuck to the inside top, you can add an extra few squirts of Fresh Kidz Body Wash and shake it up again to mix.

 

Once you have your bottle the way you want it, you might want to glue the lid on for extra security.

 

We had so much fun with the Glitter Stress bottle that we wanted to see how it would work with something different. Our neighbor gave us a huge container of perler beads about a year ago and being the pack rats that we are, we can’t throw anything away. They’ve been quite the nice addition to slime giving it a satisfying crunchy texture so we decided to see how they’d work in our new stress jars.

 

1 plastic bottle or glass mason jar

1 cup hot water

1 cup Fresh Kidz Body Wash

½ cup perler beads

 

In a small mixing bowl or measuring cup (preferably one with a pouring spout) add 1 cup of Fresh Kidz Body Wash, ½ cup of perler beads, and then very slowly 1 cup of very, very hot water. Gently mix the ingredients together and then slowly pour into the water bottle.

 

The perler beads settle back into place much quicker than the glitter and because they are plastic, they float to the top. It is fun to watch but you’ll have to be ready to let go of your stress and calm your mind very quickly if you’re using this calm down jar.

By: Marcy Sanford

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