Below, you’ll find out everything you need to know about how to make a glitter jar with the kids this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to grab the free printable directions at the bottom of the post.
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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How to Make a Glitter Jar for Valentine’s Day
These Valentine’s Day sensory bottles have been a hit with my students, my son, and my fellow teachers. I’ve heard from wonderful teachers about how they’ve made the glitter jars with their students, too. Love that!
Unfortunately, since we first made these sensory bottles back in 2016, the pack of heart glitter I originally used has been discontinued. I still have some left, because those small vials of glitter really do go a long way. But my glitter stash probably won’t help you.
Check Target and your local craft stores to start with, as I’ve had success with them where I live. Some awesome readers have said they found heart glitter they like at Dollar Stores and Dollar Trees, too. If you order something on Amazon, just read the descriptions to ensure that the glitter you’re getting is the size you want for your glitter jars.
I made printable direction cards that you can grab at the end of this post. Print them out, laminate them, and have them on hand while you’re making Valentine’s Day sensory bottles with the kids.
Materials for your heart glitter jars
- 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.
Making a glitter jar with hearts can be done a variety of ways. Below, I’ll share two ideas for how to make a glitter jar for Valentine’s Day.
How to Make a Glitter Jar – Heart Glitter Jar #1
First clean out an empty bottle for your sensory gun. 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.
Next, pour in some of your red glitter glue bottle into the empty jar. If you have a large empty bottle, such as the large Voss water bottles, use the entire glitter glue bottle.
I used most of the glitter glue bottle when making our 10-ounce glitter jar, and I think that was too much! The glitter took a long time to settle because I’d added a little too much glue. If you’re using a 10-ounce bottle, add about half of the glitter glue.
After that, add in 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.
Once you’ve added your glitter, fill the rest of the bottle up with warm water. You can use hot water, but I’d suggest to keep that an adult-only activity. Stick with warm water when little hands are helping you. Mix everything very well, ensuring that the ingredients combine together.
Take a peek at your heart glitter bottle and decide if you need to add any more glitter at this point. If the mood strikes you or the children, add it in and shake well again.
Remember, you can grab printable directions at the very bottom of this post.
What we thought of this heart glitter jar
As I mentioned above, this glitter jar, because of the amount of glue, doesn’t settle for quite some time. In fact, once it was shaken up, it was almost as if everything just hovered inside the bottle.
The heart glitter, as well as the glitter from the glue, look beautiful when held up to a sunny window, though! 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!
How to Make a Glitter Jar – Heart Glitter Jar #2
These heart discovery bottles are my favorite of the two, I have to admit! My son, my students, 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, start with a new clean and empty bottle. 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.
Pour in about 3/4-cup of clear corn syrup into the empty bottle.
Next, add that beautiful heart-shaped glitter. Again, we didn’t measure the glitter. We just added the colors and amounts we felt like at the time.
After that, add about 1/2-cup of warm tap water to the corn syrup, stirring to mix the two. If you’re able to do this part without any little helpers, I’d suggest using hotter water. That makes it faster when it comes to mixing everything together.
See it in action here (turn your volume on for a super relaxing experience) –
Grab printable directions for the heart glitter bottles at the bottom of the post.
How these heart discovery bottles turned out
We ended up making extra versions of these bottles, as they are way too much fun!
These jars were in my preschool science center for over a month the first time we made them. The kids weren’t the only one who enjoyed them – sometimes my fellow teachers and I would sit down and watch the glitter settle after a hectic day.
Next time, we plan on experimenting with the amount of corn syrup to see which syrup-to-water ratio makes for the best glitter settling.
Since we still have quite a bit of heart glitter left, this isn’t going to be a problem!
Again, I suggest sealing the tops of the bottles so kiddos can’t open the bottles!
Would your children enjoy making a heart glitter bottle?
Do you have any other tips for how to make a glitter jar this month? I’m excited to try these again with my preschool students closer to Valentine’s Day!
Preschool Lesson Plans for Valentine’s Day
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes book suggestions, printable plans, over 30 learning activities (both whole group and centers) related to the theme, and corresponding printables.
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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 | The OT Toolbox
Slow Falling Hearts Sensory Bottle | Rhythms of Play
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