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Time-out bottles. Fill a bottle with 3/4 water, one bottle of glitter glue, & ultra fine glitter. Then send this bottle with your child to timeout and they can watch it settle to calm them. Once the glitter is settled their time is up. << not a half bad idea...

If you write a letter to your childs favorite Disney character they will write back and send an autographed picture. This is the address.


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The Mind Jar is a meditation tool to use when you are stressed. When you shake the jar the glitter (your thoughts) are all over the place. Watch them slowly settle while you calm down. From blog, "Here We Are Together".

from BabyCenter Blog

How to make a Calm Down Jar

a 'calm down jar' - shake the jar and the child has to watch the jar until the glitter settles.

The goal of mind jars is that when kids are feeling out of control, they shake the jar, then sit and watch the glitter settle in the water. It is like our minds when we are angry, frustrated, things feel impossible--our minds and emotions are all shook up. When the glitter settles, we finish our meditation. This one is a really great technique to use in lieu of timeout.

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Add food coloring to a simple mixture of flour, salt, and water, and you get puffy, glossy paints that sparkle with salt crystals when dry.

This site has a bunch of mind jar recipes. My favorite is the silver (about 2 min settle time): 1/4 cup glycerine 3/4 cup hot water 1 tsp silver glitter 2 tsp salt 3-4 drops dish soap

from The Happy Housewife

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Cute idea

Screen time is an app that lets you limit time your child/student uses iPhone or iPad. You set the time, press start, and pass it to your kiddo. Best. App. Ever.