Preschool Activities and Printables

Homemade Time-Out Glitter Bottle Timer

Make these sparkly glitter bottles with your preschooler.  They are fun to play with but have also been serving another use: Time-Out Timers!  Have your child shake the bottle when upset, and then watch it settle to calm down.  When everyone is settled down, normal life can resume.

All you need: empty water bottles, glitter, baby oil, water, and food coloring.

DIY Glitter Time-Out Timer by MomTrusted_com

Start by pouring a couple tablespoonfuls of glitter into an empty bottle. We used two coordinating colors in each bottle.

adding glitter to time-out timer bottles

Add about 1/2 cup of baby oil (mineral oil).

glitter in time-out timer bottles

Stir a few drops of food coloring into a cup of water, and pour that in too.

oil and food coloring for time-out timer

Put the lid on tightly and shake it up! Watch the ingredients separate, and then shake them up again.

Finished glitter time-out timer bottle

If you want to make sure the lid doesn’t come off, you can apply a strip of glue to the inside before you screw it on.

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