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DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Glitter Jar for Kids

Updated: 5 days ago

Learn how to make a turkey sensory bottle with the kids before Thanksgiving. These turkey glitter jars are the perfect preschool Thanksgiving activity for your classroom or at home.

They are not only fun and easy to make, but also a must-have when during the holidays calming moments are needed. Glitter sensory jars help little once in a healthy and effective way to soothe themselves, calm down, take deep breaths, and work through their emotions.

All you need is a mason jar, glitter, and a handful of basic craft supplies. They are the perfect festive stress relief jars for kids to use at home or in the classroom.

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Learn through play

As many of you know by now, I love to integrate our arts and craft projects in small educational learning sessions. Prior to this week's Turkey glitter jar DIY project, we learned about the history of Thanksgiving. Our main questions were: Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? What are we thankful for?

The most engaging way of getting my kids excited about a subject is through reading a book. They enjoy looking at the colorful pictures and enjoying our time together snuck in a blanket in front of the warm fireplace. Here are the two books we read:

Since my children wanted to paint some extra jars, we also implemented Thanksgiving gratitude cards. I simply printed them and we filled them out together. Afterward, we stuck them into the jar for Thanksgiving day. Here is the link for the free printable gratitude cards for you to download.

How to make DIY Turkey Glitter Globes:

Here is what you will need for these fun Thanksgiving sensory bottles:


  • Distilled water

  • 1/2 cup Elmer’s Clear Glue

  • 2 1/2  teaspoons glitter

  • 1 teaspoon confetti

  • food coloring (optional)

  • 1 mason jar

  • liquid paint

  • glue on eyes (optional)

  • paintbrush

But let's have a look now at this super easy step by step tutorial:

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Step 1: Paint a turkey

  • Take your paintbrush and liquid paint and draw a turkey on your mason jar.

Step 2: Let it try

  • After you are finished painting give your turkey artwork some time to try.

Step 3: Add eyes (optional)

  • Use glue on eyes and stick them on the tried turkey's face. If you don't have any at home, don't sweat it, just paint them with your liquid colors right away in step 1.

Step 4: Add water

  • Take your painted 16-ounce mason jar and pour 1/2 cup of distilled water in it.

Step 5: Add glue

  • Add 1/2 cup of clear Elmer’s Clear Liquid School Glue to the mason jar filled with water.

Step 6: Make it sparkle

  • Add 2–4 teaspoons of shimmering craft glitter, confetti, or sequins to the water glue mix. We used red glitter but orange or yellow would look nice as well!

Step 7: Add food coloring (optional)

  • If you don't have a lot of glitter, confetti, or sequins in the house, simply add a couple drops of matching food coloring.

Step 8: Add more water

  • Fill the remainder of the jar with distilled water, leaving about 1/2 inch of space at the top.

Step 9: Seal the jar

  • Now it is time to take the lid and close the jar tightly.

Step 10: Enjoy

  • After the glue has cured, shake your turkey jar and enjoy watching the glitter swirl to the bottom. It is very calming!

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  • We used glass jars but if you are working with small toddlers it might be better to buy plastic jars in case they drop their glitter globe.

  • In case you are deciding to use plastic jars, I would recommend using permanent markers to draw your turkey.

  • Simply use recycled tomato sauce jars.

  • There are two options in case your toddler is too small to draw their own turkey:

  1. You draw the turkey for them prior to starting your holiday project.

  2. Simply let them draw what they can. It is not the end result that matters, it's the fun along the way!

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Overall my kids enjoyed this super easy Thanksgiving activity!

It is the perfect DIY holiday project for home or in the classroom. It easily can be adjusted to a wide age range so it is suitable for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners but also big kids.

My kids enjoyed using their paintbrushes on the jars as well as to assist in mixing the ingredients. But the cool thing about these fun calming jars is that it brings joy to them even many days after their arts and craft project is finished.

I placed them on our window sill where they can reach them any time. They take them, shake them, and enjoy watching the glitter drop in the glass.

It helps them to learn focusing skills, calm down, regulate their emotions. Glitter sensory jars are also a big help in my house to master temper tantrums.

Stay safe Lil Tigers!

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