C’s meltdown is normally filled with crying, screaming and hitting. I wanted to find a way to minimise the meltdowns or at least have him being able to self-regulate himself to calm down after a while.
I did a search on Google and came upon a few interesting sites.
According to MamaOT, we should introduce the bottle before he is ever upset. I decided to try making the bottle first (and to make it a child-friendly activity), then perhaps if C buys in the idea, I will get him involved to make a bottle with his favourite colour, and we can call it “HIS calming bottle”.
Materials needed (I bought everything I needed from the local bookstore):
- One bottle 150ml clear glue
One bottle 50ml (blue) glitter glue
One small bottle of (blue) glitter
Two empty 500ml bottles (You only need one. I just drank another one just in case I fumble on making the bottle the first time, I will have another on standby)
Super glue (I like the really small ones so I can finish using one each time and not worry about C opening or using it as the unused portion should be kept in the fridge)
I think that I have added in too much clear glue as it takes up to 15 mins for the glitter to settle and I feel that it doesn’t look as nice as the ones done by ‘InLieuofSchool’ and ‘MyCrazyBlessedLife’. I will show C the completed tool later and see if he’s keen in making it. If yes, I’ll probably reduce the amount of clear glue I will add into the bottle for his calming bottle. Have you done one before? Maybe you can tell me how to make it better. Do leave a comment below.