The jar of Montessori calm: what it is and what it is for

The jar of Montessori calm: what it is and what it is for
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Helping an agitated and stressed child calm down is not easy.

But if the magic wand doesn't exist, there is an educational tool that can really help. It is the calming jar or bottle of calm, inspired by the Montessori method.

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  • what is the jar of calm and what is it for
  • how to build a jar of calm

What is the Montessori Calm Jar and what is it for?

What is the jar of calm

It is a glass jar with colored water and glitter inside which is used to distract children from agitation and restore them to calm. In English it is called calming jar.

Basic principles and what they are for

In fact, at the base of Montessori pedagogy there is the principle that children should be helped to do by themselves. This is why the jar is so important: because it helps the little ones to find their own self-control independently. (See also how the Montessori Calm Jar is made)


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How the jar works

Operation is simple: just shake it and the glitter from the top floats slowly towards the bottom, creating a magical and calming effect; a bit like watching snowflakes come down from the sky.

And while the child looks at the jar, ask him also to take deep breaths or count. And the relaxation effect will be immediate.

The practice of the jar can also be useful before doing homework: in fact it helps to increase the ability to concentrate.

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Watch the video on how to make the jar of calm at home

Building the jar of calm


  • 1 glass jar with lid
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of glitter glue
  • 3 or 4 teaspoons of glitter
  • 1 drop of food coloring
  • Hot Water
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of clear shampoo (optional)


Pour hot water into the jar (leaving a space at the top to allow you to shake its contents) then put the glitter glue.

Mix well so that the glitter is dispersed in the water.

Now add the glitter and mix again.

Also add a drop of food coloring and if you want a little shampoo, it helps to make the glitter go down more slowly.

Screw the lid on the jar (if you want you can use hot glue to fix it better).

Among the colors, the most suitable for finding calm is light blue or blue.

Just shake it and the glitter from the top slowly floats to the bottom, creating a magical and calming effect

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Questions and answers

What is the jar of calm

It is a Montessori-inspired activity that helps children to find tranquility on their own.

What is the difference between the bottle of calm and the jar of calm?

In the bottle of calm a glass bottle is used as a base.

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  • calm the baby
  • build the jar of calm
  • 3-5 children years
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