I find that keeping him entertained is not only critical for his safety but also for my sanity. So when I see anything on Pintercrack that appears to be entertaining and cheap/easy to do I am all over that. Cue the adorably simple Time Out Jar or Calming Jar.
|from creative little daisy|
Adorable, no? I fell in love with the idea of a timer that was both entertaining and soothing. As a kid I adored those goofy glitter wand things and would tip them back and forth watching the glitter swirl and fall ... heck, if I had one still I would do it. This reminded me of those, so I wanted to make one. For the baby, of course. *ahem*
But the thought of giving my child ... any child ... a glass jar ... uh, not a plan I was cool with.
In my other obsessive wanderings on Pintercrack I had stumbled upon (and of course pinned) a homemade lava lamp (which I will do and post about another day). Here they had used a Voss water bottle because of their nifty shape, so I figured that would be a totally awesome container to use.
So I looked everywhere for those bottles, and when I finally found them I was floored that they nearly cost me $3. FOR ONE! Cuh-ray-zee. Too in love with the idea to see reason, I bought the expensive Norwegian bottle of water anyway. Side note: the water was tasty.
|supplies all ready to go|
|squish glitter glue into the bottle |
... and this part takes a while
|while sprinkling regular glitter into the bottle|
do not drop the damn cap in there
|lots of sparkle, and no glitter shaker cap anymore|
|add some water|
|and keep shaking|
|the glue will bubble, so I kept trying to get|
the bubbles down so I could add more water
on a dirty table in my backyard
|seriously, I could watch it for hours|
In fact, it was so successful I made a second one. It was/is blue. It lived, then died and then lived again.
Ever so handily we have already problem solved what might happen if your monstrosity of a one year old outsmarts you and manages to make a plastic bottle a dangerous thing. So not only can I tell you what could go wrong, but I can also tell you how to fix it.