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Calming Timeout Bottles

Calming Timeout Bottles

No one likes having to discipline their kids but it is a necessary and inevitable part of parenting. My four year old is particularly difficult and stubborn. I have a very hard time following through with his discipline because he knows exactly what to say or do to get me to relent! That is when I started doing research to find something to hold his attention while he is in timeout.

I found these timeout calming bottles and thought it would work perfectly for him. The concept is simple. You shake the bottle causing the glitter to stir and they hold the bottle during their timeout. They can not get up until the glitter has settled back to the bottle which takes roughly 3-4 minutes if they do not shake it up again.

This works well for my son because like I said he likes to talk, scoot, get up, and pretty much anything else to avoid staying in timeout! Well now he has a visual. It is no longer “you have 4 minutes in timeout” He actually gets to SEE how much time he has left. Plus his hands are occupied so there is a lot less scooting and grabbing for other items. If you think it would be a good tool for your littles here is the recipe and instructions!

Calming Timeout Bottles


  • Bottle or jar
  • Glitter glue
  • Hot water
  • Loose glitter, sequins, or confetti
  • Food coloring
  • Super glue or hot glue to secure lid


  1.  Fill your container about 1/3 full with HOT water (must be hot to dissolve glitter glue!)
  2.  Pour in 1/2 bottle of glitter glue in your choice of color.
  3. Add extra glitter, sequins, confetti, etc plus a drop or two of food coloring if you like.
  4. Shake vigorously until the glitter glue dissolves completely the fill the bottle with water. Leave about an inch at the top so the contents can be shaken up. You may also want to glue the top on so they do not open it and pour the contents out!
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