I admit it, I love glitter. Glitter seems to be a very polarizing “subject” – you either love it or you hate it! Here’s a Valentine’s Day project that both glitter-lovers and glitter-phobes can enjoy – a heart glitter jar. All the sparkles of glitter without the hands-on mess of it.
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Beautiful Heart Glitter Jar to Make with the Kids
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Materials (updated January 2017)
- Glitter! (We used Martha Stewart’s heart glitter, pictured below, but it’s just gone out of stock on Amazon. Some possible alternative heart glitters are listed below. I’ve been told some Targets, Dollar Stores, and Dollar Trees also have small heart glitter). When purchasing the glitter, make sure it’s the size that you want for the bottles!
- Light corn syrup
- Clean glass bottles or plastic bottles (plastic is safer for younger kiddos)
- Glitter glue
- Measuring Cup
Sensory bottles, also called discovery bottles, are such fun to create with children. There are endless ways to make them, which means they can be adapted for different learning themes, kids’ interests, and other such topics. A heart glitter jar would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or a preschool heart theme, although I’m sure the kids would love it any time of the year.
Making a glitter jar with hearts can be done a variety of ways. Below, I’ll share the two ways we made our Valentine’s Day discovery bottles.
Heart Glitter Jar #1
For the first heart sensory bottle, I started out with a 10-ounce bottle (an empty and clean club soda bottle). I’d suggest using a plastic bottle if the glitter jars will be around smaller kiddos.
I poured most of a red glitter glue bottle into an old glass measuring cup – probably about 4 or 5 ounces. Then I added about the same amount of hot tap water to the cup. The kiddo and I mixed everything up with an old spoon until it seemed thoroughly mixed. Then the glue and water mixture was added to the 10-ounce glass bottle.
After that, we added a bit of heart glitter. For this one, we stuck with just the red hearts. The glitter wasn’t measured – we just added whatever we felt like.
This glitter jar, because of the amount of glue, doesn’t settle for quite some time. In fact, once it’s shaken up, it’s almost as if everything just hovers inside the bottle. The heart glitter, as well as the glitter from the glue, look beautiful when held up to a sunny window! Simple, but lots to look at and observe.
I suggest sealing the bottles with hot glue to ensure little hands are less likely to open the glitter jars!
Heart Glitter Jar #2
These heart discovery bottles are my favorite of the two, I have to admit! My son and I both had way too much fun shaking them up and watching the glitter settle. I can see how glitter jars can be considered “calm down jars”, as there’s something innately peaceful in watching the glitter swirl and slowly settle.
For this jar, we started with the same kind of bottle as the first one (the seltzer came in a 6-pack, so we were using what we had on-hand). I’ll reiterate that using a plastic bottle with younger kiddos is a better bet. Since these will be here with my 8-year old, or at school with 4- and 5-year olds, the thick glass bottles are fine.
We poured about 3/4-cup (maybe slightly more, but less than 1 cup) of clear corn syrup into a liquid measuring cup. Then we added about another 1/2-cup of hot tap water to the corn syrup, stirring to mix the two. That mixture was then poured into the glass bottle, and then it was time to add the heart glitter! The kiddo and I didn’t measure the glitter, just adding the colors that we wanted.
See it in action here –
Would your children enjoy making a heart glitter bottle? I’m excited to try these with my preschool students closer to Valentine’s Day!
Heart Lesson Plans
If you’re looking for more preschool heart ideas, check out these sets – one for preschool classroom and one for the homeschool preschool family. They’re 5 day lesson plans, centered around a heart theme. Includes weekly plans, explanations of the activities, and 9 printables to supplement the hands-on learning ideas.
More Glitter Jars and Sensory Bottles to Make
Click on the photos below to check out more glitter jar and sensory bottle ideas to make with the kiddos. If you have made some of your own, feel free to share some pictures at Fun-A-Day’s Facebook page!
This post is part of the awesome Preschool Inspirations’ Discovery Bottles Blog Hop. Be sure to check out the previous discovery bottles, as well as these other Valentine’s Day-themed sensory bottles –
Color Mixing Sensory Bottle| Preschool Inspirations
“Full of Love” Calm Down Jar with Printable Calming Affirmations | Lemon Lime Adventures
I Spy Love Sensory Bottle | Modern Preschool
Alphabet Discovery Bottle: Valentine’s Day Activity for Kids | Sunny Day Family
Slow Falling Hearts Sensory Bottle | Teaching Mama
Water bead Hearts Discovery Bottle | Sugar Aunts
Slow Falling Hearts Sensory Bottle | Rhythms of Play