Sensory Stick Glitter Hourglass


Captivate your child's attention and imagination, or empower them to self-soothe and self-regulate. Sensory Sticks are a perfect addition to the toolkit of any parent or teacher, and make a great feature in a calming corner or as part of a sensory exploration set.  

When I studied the Montessori method I found no mention of a 'glitter hourglass' in the textbooks but my appreciation of these items came through years of 'on-the-floor' experience in a Montessori classroom. There is something about the glimmering light and soothing flow that simply seems to delight, captivate and calm children.

I have found these useful in a multitude of ways. Our prepared classroom environment is dotted with sensory sticks and it always interests me to watch how different children interact with these. I find that children who are usually restless or unfocused tend to spend prolonged periods watching the glitter float and turn, almost as though they are hypnotised by the beautiful motions. I notice that tired children use the sensory sticks as a self-soothing tool as they relax and rest. Sad or anxious children are often distracted and delighted by the glittering shimmer. When I worked with a "Toddler Transition" group - where several children at a time would be starting the process of 'separating' from mum or dad to attend Montessori independently - the first thing I would do each morning was to ensure that the sensory sticks were within easy access as they had such a wonderfully uplifting effect on the emotions of the children. 

I have also found the sensory sticks to be particularly important to my work with children with additional needs. In particular, children who have sensory processing issues seem to respond well to the mesmerising movement and it provides a subtle, engaging opportunity to refine visual-tracking skills and encourage self-regulation. 

We offer three different types of glitter hourglasses - please see the gallery images - at $10 each!

Please note: The Sensory Stick Glitter Hourglass comes in varying colours (please see photos) which are picked by 'lucky dip'. If you have a specific colour preference please include this in the special comments section of your order and we will attempt to accommodate your choice (stock allowing).