When my nephews were just little gaffers, they had a translucent ball full of gold glitter. They called it “Golden Sparkle Ball” and I was not surprised at how much they loved that toy. It was a ball, so that’s just fun in itself, but the way the glitter moved through the viscous liquid inside was the main attraction. It was engaging to shake the glitter and then calming to watch it swirl and float until all the sparkles settled at the bottom.
It was with this sensory experience in mind that I made these Magic Sparkle Calming Bottles for my son. I like the idea that a busy toddler can catch his breath for a few minutes and enjoy the meditative movement, bright colours, and iridescent shapes contained within the bottle.
I’ve seen plenty of tutorials for making these with hair gel, dish soap, and other ingredients, but the recipe I tried is adapted from Creative Social Worker, using glitter glue and hot water.
- Straight-sided plastic bottle
- Goo Gone
- Glitter glue
- Boiling water
- Glass jar
- Metal whisk
- Straight-sided plastic bottles
- Large glitter
- Sequins (optional)
- Plastic adhesive
- Remove the plastic label from the plastic bottle (if it has one) using Goo Gone.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of glitter glue into the mason jar and add about 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve using the whisk.
- Use the funnel to add the mixture to the bottle. Allow the glitter water to cool to at least "warm" so that it doesn't melt the plastic bottle. Top up with more water.
- Add contrasting, large glitter to the bottle, and some sequins or other small shiny objects that you wish to see floating through the sparkly sea.
- Shake the bottle and test out the motion. If the glitter settles too quickly, add some more glitter glue dissolved in hot water. If the glitter settles too slowly, pour out some of the mixture and add more water. When you are happy with the rate the glitter settles at, permanently attach the cap with plastic adhesive to ensure that you won't have a mess on your hands (and on little hands).
Used In This Project:
- Bottled Water Labels • I chose the “Butterfly” style in grapefruit, aruba and mint.
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