By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.
Similar to the idea of the hour glass with sand, this bottle is full of glitter and is perfect for little people to time small projects. This glass can be used for “Time Out”, for calming, or a length of time to pick up toys or a source of imaginative play. Give the jar a good shake and watch the glitter settle. Once the glitter settles to the bottom the time is up.
Our glass takes about 2 minutes for the majority of the glitter to fall and to the little one in “Time Out”, that is what she thinks is “all settled”. It takes about 5 minutes for the water to clear completely of glitter, which is a nice length of time to do a quick clean up.
- Glass Jar – we used an old tomato sauce jar
- Clear Glue – VERY IMPORTANT to be Clear
- Fine Glitter
- Food Coloring
- Spray Paint
- Start by painting the lid of the jar if you want. We spray painted ours with a silver spray paint. While the lid is drying, I filled the clean jar with warm water and measured 3 Tablespoons of Clear Tacky Glue into it. It must be Clear glue – I used school glue and it’s creaminess made the water a milky color not clear water. Then I added 3 Tablespoons of Fine Glitter. Next add one or two drops of food coloring to color the water, we used purple.
- Test your time by putting the lid on it and shaking it. See how long it takes to settle. If you need it to be longer add a little more glue and glitter until the desired time is reached.
- My daughter loves this and uses it in fairy play to open the fairy time portal. It also works very well for just taking a break and watching the swirling glitter.