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Montessori How-To: Peace Corner & Calming Jar

Montessori How-To: Peace Corner & Calming Jar


Have you often thought about starting a peace corner in your home?

We have created this simple straightforward guide to help you get started and even included the step-by-step instructions for you to make your own calming jar at home with your kiddos!

What is the purpose of a peace corner?

The purpose of a peace corner is to create an inviting place for a child to find peace. Whether in a classroom or at home, a peace corner should be exemplified as a safe haven where children can communicate to solve their conflicts through respect and patience, often with the use of the peace rose. The atmosphere should be calming and consist of activities that help to create a sense of peace within the child.

So, where do I start?

Start by choosing 3-5 items from our suggested list below. Rotate them to fit the needs of your child as well as their age. Some items may be more suitable for older or younger children. Make sure to explain the proper use of the items to the child prior to implementing them in your peace corner. Teach your child how to use and respect the materials as well as the space. (Items marked with a * are highly recommended.)

We wanted to keep it simple for you and in doing so we hope you find the perfect fit for you home and child.

How to Make Your Own Calming Jar

If you have a child who gets upset and needs a cool down period, this is a great sensory tool. The child is able to shake the jar and watch the glitter fall to the bottom until they are calm again.

(Please make sure to give a lesson on proper use or you may end up with a broken jar and a house full of glitter.)

3-Minute Calming Jar

What You’ll Need

  • 1 Half-pint glass Mason jar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup hot water plus more to fill the jar
  • 1 tsp glitter
  • 3-4 drops dish soap
  • Food coloring, optional



  1. Combine (colored) water and corn syrup in a bowl with a whisk.
  2. Pour into the jar and add the glitter.
  3. Add 3-4 drops of dish soap.
  4. Fill the jar with water to the very top. Seal very tightly.
  5. Shake well. (It should take approximately 3 minutes for the glitter to settle.)



Some Toughts (2)

  1. sdc
    added on 10 Mar, 2017

    I’m a retired Montessori teacher and we used a peace table, we also changed to a fish tank and the children loved it. Thanks for your ideas keep them coming. I volunteer for Headstart and the class really needs some calming and help, because one child start the ball to rolling and the children just need more guidance.. Hopefully I can suggest to the teacher a fish tank and the little fellow who doesn’t get his meds everyday can help with the fish. He also has sticky hands. I want to help but not take over the class. Thanks again

  2. Sandy
    added on 7 Apr, 2017

    I fully agree, especially the bit about a small bowl needs to be taken out. It’s not right to compromise on animal welfare for the sake of small positive gain to children when they can get this elsewhere. What are we teaching them by cooping up animals in small bowls. I don’t feel this is positive.
    Otherwise great article for a beginner like me 🙂

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