The Magic Jar

calming jarI am really starting to wonder why it is called the “terrible twos” and not the “terrible threes”.  I don’t remember the twos being so bad at all.  But the threes…the threes are a bit challenging.

I have seen the idea of a “calming jar” floating around on Pinterest forever, but never really thought it would work for us.  I had everything I needed in the house already so I figured it was worth a try.  The first few times I tried using it, let’s just say that she was not impressed.  But she warmed up to it, and now even requests her “magic jar”.

Her explanation of the jar is so perfect, far better than anything I could come up with:  “When I’m mad or sad I just shake the jar and watch the magic float to the bottom.  And when the magic floats to the bottom then I’m not mad or sad anymore.”

Supplies needed:

  • a jar
  • glitter
  • water
  • glycerin


1.  Choose a jar.  If you think your child might throw or drop the jar, a plastic container like an empty peanut butter container might be a better idea.  I love my collection of vintage blue jars, so I used one of those.  I hope I don’t regret it.  ;)

2.  Fill the jar with water, leaving about an inch at the top empty.  Add 2 tablespoons of glycerin and 2 tablespoons of super fine glitter.  Put the lid on the jar and tighten well.

3.  Shake the jar until everything is blended.

Your magic jar is ready to use.  Shake it gently and watch all the glitter float to the bottom.

I had actually bought white glitter and glycerin because we were going to make snow globes before Christmas, but never got around to it.  I am loving how this turned out looking like a beautiful snow storm.  Perfect for this cold January we are having!


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