Lava Lamp Sensory Jars

August 3, 2015Allison Murray
These sensory jars are simple to make and so interesting to watch. Plus they're just a few bucks apiece to keep the kiddos busy for weeks.

These sensory jars are simple to make and so interesting to watch. Plus they're just a few bucks apiece to keep the kiddos busy for weeks.

When I was a kid I could watch things that might bore others for ages. Fish tanks have been a constant source of entertainment for me and when, as an adult, I was told I needed to get rid of mine due to new flooring that was being installed I was really upset. Watching those fish was an amazing source of calmness to help me combat my anxiety without medication. It was rough for a time after those fishies were gone.

I also enjoyed lava lamps when I was younger but one day I felt that I had outgrown mine and it was tossed aside. These days I find myself staring at screen savers and ants milling around on the ground. So when I was tasked with making a lava lamp I knew I couldn’t do the old style light up justice. Instead I went with making a lava lamp sensory jar that is very similar but no way trying to be as awesome as the fantastically 70s style lighting.

Head on over to Mom Spark to see how to make these super cheap (few bucks apiece!) sensory bottles that will entrance your kids and most likely you too! Lava Lamp Sensory Jars

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These sensory jars are simple to make and so interesting to watch. Plus they're just a few bucks apiece to keep the kiddos busy for weeks.

Comments (1)

  • Mike

    August 3, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Hahahaha! Yes, I understand Allison. I was the same way pretty much when I was little. As a kid, I was HIGHLY anxious, and I’m not even trying to exaggerate here. Lots of things frightened me. Loud noises such as doorbells, telephones ringing (the old landline phones with the traditional ring), sirens, pretty much anything that I felt was too loud. Thunder and lightning was especially terrifying to me. I would either run and hide, cry, or both. And during a storm, I would hide under my bed. Yes, UNDER my bed, as in under the frame of it as it sat pretty high up and I was small enough at the time to fit under it. Yeah, you’re lookin’ at one messed up little kid…

    But yeah, I totally get finding things to look at to help calm one’s self down. Fish tanks was one of mine too, as we used to have one when I was little with goldfish. I loved those little guys. Another thing that I loved was those water-bubble things that came in a sealed cylinder and when you turn it upside down, the little bubbles would travel down this little ramp to the bottom. I don’t know what that was called but I loved that thing! I could play with it for hours and it really helped calmed my anxiety. :) Counting things also helped me. I think one of the reasons that I like math so much now (not so much when I was little) is that I always enjoyed counting, even though my math skills weren’t quite up to par back in those days. I would count anything; crumbs on the rug, books on the bookshelf, specks on the ceiling or walls. It was my own personal therapy for “detoxifying” my anxiety, so I never had to take any medications for it thankfully.

    And even as an adult today, I find that just watching things like clouds passing by on a semi clear day or staring out over the horizon (top floor of my building) at a point into deep space, actually calms me down. So, totally with you on this Allison. :)

    But wow! You had a lava lamp? Like the cool funkadelic ones from the 70s? I always wanted one as I’ve seen other people have them and I thought that they were cool.

    But hey, don’t sell yourself short Allison! I like your new style lava lamps! The orange one really does look like magma (what they call lava when its still underground). You did a great job on both! :)

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