When you have an upset kiddo, distractions are your best friend! It’s pretty hard to think about being upset, and why you’re upset, when engaged in a fun activity. Treasure Hunt bottles (sometimes called I-Spy bottles) are a great distraction for your little one, and can distract them long enough to help them calm down. Some people (ME!!) aren’t great at DIY projects, but these are fairly simple to make and can be made without spending a lot of money.
The other great thing about making it yourself is that your child can be involved and make the treasure hunt bottle according to their own personal tastes, which will make it more appealing when they are upset and in need of a change to regulate. Here’s a blog I found with fun instructions on how to make these sensory bottles: http://blog.intellidance.ca/blog/1-16-2013/diy-sensory-i-spy-bottles-kids.
The above blog has instructions for using rice (rainbow rice – how fun!), but I’ve seen these made with sand as well. Have fun!