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I've seen these jars all over Pinterest the last couple of months or so, sometimes called "mind jars" and sometimes called "calm-down jars", and thought they might be a fun craft to make with the girls.

(Okay, okay, so I'm totally dating myself here, but they remind me of the plastic glitter wands from the 80s and I really wanted to make one for myself.) Basically, mind jars are a tool to help kids, or anyone, when they feel overwhelmed.

They are shaken to mix up the glitter and as the glitter settles to the bottom, you are supposed to visualize the things that are troubling to you also settling.

A note about Pinterest: when I pin things on Pinterest, I really try to click through to make sure that I'm linking to the original post so that the original blogger gets the credit (although sometimes it is hard).

The closest I get to stilling my mind is in my yoga class - and I haven't been there nearly enough lately! If you want to try this, you could definitely choose just 2 recipes, but make sure that you pick 2 that have fairly different approximate settling times so your child can really visualize the difference between the jars.

The picture below is a pretty good representation of the settling rates of the different recipes.

(I'm talking about the science of the jars here, not the science of meditation - I'm definitely not qualified to talk about that because I haven't been at all successful with meditation. We kind of went overboard, but once we got on a roll we kept thinking of other ways to tweak the recipes and the girls were having fun, so we went with it.As far as I can tell, the post Meditating with Children on "Still Life with Circles", is the first post I can find about the jars.It refers to the book, Moody Cow Meditates that has a recipe for the jars in the back.There are also a couple of lovely, later posts on Mind Jars and Calm-Down Baskets at "Here We Are Together", which actually describes a different method of making them than from the book.

The first couple we tried to make failed miserably.Step 1: Using a whisk, combine the hot water and the "thicker" substance (glue, corn syrup and/or glycerine).


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