Below, you’ll find out everything you need to know about how to make a glitter jar with the kids this Valentine’s Day.
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, 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.
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.
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
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.
What we thought of this heart glitter jar
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!
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 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.
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 –
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 | Sugar Aunts
Slow Falling Hearts Sensory Bottle | Rhythms of Play