Having some sensory issues, my daughter gets over-stimulated by her surroundings very easily. To get some relief, she needs something to concentrate on besides all the craziness around her. I bring her iPad everywhere for this reason. But I wanted something less tech and still sensory-friendly. So with some coarse glitter, empty snow globes (Michaels Craft) and clear Karo syrup, my daughter and I created a bunch of different colored sensory glitter globes.
You can buy empty snow globes for a pretty good deal on Oriental Trading OR you can grab some Aqua Balls (see below) at the gas station and they also make awesome Glitter Globes.
I got the little glitter vials at Walmart in the kids craft section. Dump a whole vial of glitter into the globe. Fill 3/4 of the globe with clear karo syrup. Fill the rest of the globe with water. Add buttons, beads, Legos, etc…basically, whatever your child likes. Use E6000 glue to seal the lid and let it sit for 24 hours while the glue dries.
I tried three different types of glitter and my daughter liked the coarse glitter better because she can see it move better. The blue globe is called our Frozen Globe because it has snowflake buttons inside and they float all around. The fine embossing powder is her least favorite because it moves so slowly.
As promised, I tried the Glitter Globes with the Elmer’s Glue…this is when I happened upon the Aqua Balls. On my way home from a meeting, I stopped at the gas station to grab a Diet Coke (#addicted) and I saw these awesome round bottles. I seriously didn’t care what drink was in them, I had to have them. Luckily my kids LOVED the flavored water and I got to keep the Aqua Balls.
To make this version of the glitter globes, I dumped an entire bottle of the glitter glue into the empty drink bottle and filled it the rest of the way with water. For the pink glitter globe, we added buttons. For the purple glitter globe, we added half a vial of the glitter (from above)…DON’T do that. The added glitter sticks to the sides of the bottle, thanks to the “glue” part of the glitter glue. It still works just fine, but takes a lot more shaking.
The end result: my daughter prefers the glitter globes with Karo syrup rather than the Elmer’s glue. Maybe I need to add more water to the ones with glitter glue to make it more liquidy. However, both ways work just fine.
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