Common Sense Review
Updated May 2015

Settle Your Glitter

Simple, beautiful tool for emotional regulation
Common Sense Rating 3
  • On the opening screen, kids can decide what emotion they're currently feeling.
  • After selecting their emotion, kids decide whether they are extremely or just a little bit emotional.
  • Kids shake the iPad and watch the glitter shapes move around the orb while the puffer fish helps kids practice mindful breathing.
The graphics are beautiful, the interface is easy to use, and the language is spot on.
It does not collect data to show trends of emotional regulation.
Bottom Line
This tool is a must-have for younger kids who struggle to regulate their own emotion.
Ashley Kemper
Common Sense Reviewer
Special Education Instructor
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

The beautiful graphics and smooth animations make it likely that kids will find Settle Your Glitter engaging.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

This research-based tool uses Susan Kaiser Greenland's book The Mindful Child as its foundation. Kids name their emotion and its intensity before practicing one method to calm down.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

No user guide is available, though Settle Your Glitter is intuitive and easy to use. No data is stored about the frequency of emotions, which might be helpful for recording patterns.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

If kids are encouraged to use the app as needed, not as a punishment, and consistently and gradually practice the deep breathing on their own, they will internalize at least one way to regulate themselves. If a student shows signs of growing angry, sad, worried, or silly, teachers can help him or her identify that they're feeling out of control and have them use the tool to calm themselves down. Eventually, teachers should establish a go-to safe place within their classroom where students can begin to use this tool independently. At first, teachers may need to help younger students identify their emotions and practice mindful breathing as they mimic the puffer fish on the screen.

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What's It Like?

Kids first select their emotion (mad, sad, silly, or worried) and then the intensity of that emotion (not at all, a little bit, very, extremely). Then they shake an animated orb of glitter and watch it move around the virtual snow globe. In the bottom right-hand corner, an animated puffer fish helps show kids when to inhale or exhale to facilitate mindful breathing. Based on the severity of the emotion, the glitter will settle to whichever side the iPad is leaning for a certain amount of time. To finish, the puffer fish will ask kids, "Are you finished?" and kids can decide if they need to keep using Settle Your Glitter until they feel calm enough to return to regular activity.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Settle Your Glitter is simple to use, beautiful to watch, and accessible to most. It takes the concept of a calm-down jar used to help kids regulate their emotions and makes it virtual. Giving kids a visual representation of particles settling in addition to having them name how they're feeling empowers kids to calm themselves down. Practicing deep breathing, if done consistently in response to intense feelings, can transfer away from the app and become a habit. Though Settle Your Glitter was created to be used as an assistive tool and does not include much content, the engaging graphics and research-based design make it a great addition to any classroom. It would be especially helpful with students who struggle to identify or regulate their emotions independently.

One improvement would be the option for sound: Some kids will need the rationale in "How to Play" read to them, and some might benefit from calming music, especially if the environment around them is noisy. Also, extension activities to help kids apply what they learn from using the app would deepen its impact.

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