Ensure bottles and jars are clean, with the labels removed. Then:
- Make your liquid, using 20% glue and 80% hot water.
- Whisk well, then add glitter and the sequins, beads, jewels etc.
- Whisk again, then pour this into the bottle, leaving 2-3cm at the top.
- Add the lid and shake the bottle/jar to ensure it’s working.
- If the glitter is not moving: pour it back into the bowl, add hot water and whisk well, before returning it to the cleaned out bottle.
- If the glitter falls too fast: pour it back into the bowl, clean your jar/bottle, then add some more glue to the mix, and whisk well.
- If it’s globby, it probably needs more mixing! Vigorous shaking might help or you might need to remove the mixture, heat and stir it.
- Leave for five minutes, and if you’re happy with the consistency, super glue the lid in place (to avoid future spills!) and add the student's name.
To round things off, ask tamariki to shake their bottle then put it down, and see if they can wait for the glitter to settle on the bottom before they re-shake it.
This is a good time to encourage tamariki to think about their breathing. Discuss how our minds can sometimes be like the Glitter Timer – mixed up, chaotic and overwhelmed, but by slowing down and breathing we can help our minds to settle and calm in just the same way.
Students might like to take these home and teach their whānau, or add to their Sensory Kete. Make one extra for classroom use too.