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Calm Down Box For Children

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A calm down box has a variety of sensory tools that a child is encouraged to use when they are feeling frustrated, intense anger to calm-down emotions.The following article provides a list of self-regulates that can be included inside a calm down box.

The items inside the box help a child to self-regulate and to calm down. Self-regulation is the child’s ability to adjust and control their energy level, emotions, behaviours and attention.

The sensory tools can support a child to calm down by helping them to engage in calming and relaxing activities that are visual and hands-on.

Items That Provide Proprioceptive Support

  • Weighted lap cushion or weighted stuffed animal
  • A weighted vest or pressure vest
  • Stretchy resistance bands
  • Sensory tunnel
  • Mini massager
  • Body sock
  • Small blanket
  • Punching bag or bop bag
  • Mini massager
  • Weighted lap cushion
  • Hand weights
  • Resistance/exercise bands
  • Compression clothing
  • Heated blanket
  • Weighted blanket
  • Skipping rope

Items To Squeeze & Keep Hands Busy

  • Fidgets like Tangle Jr. or puffer ball
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Playdough or silly putty
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Stress balls
  • Bubble wrap
  • Bag of tissue paper to rip
  • Scarves or fabric scraps
  • Spinning top
  • LEGO kits
  • Stress balls
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Wooden or metal logic puzzles
  • Craft kits
  • Cat’s cradle

Items To Support Breathing & Relaxation

  • Bottle of bubbles
  • Pinwheels
  • Straws and cotton balls or pom poms
  • Book of yoga poses or yoga activity cards

Items For Olfactory Sensory Support

  • Calming essential oil spray
  • Smelling bottles
  • Scratch and sniff stickers
  • Calming essential oil spray
  • Scented lotion

Items To Get Kids Moving

  • Book of yoga poses or yoga activity cards
  • Skipping rope

Items For Auditory Sensory Support

  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • MP3 player with music
  • Audiobooks

Items That Give Kids A Brain Break

  • Puzzles
  • Books to read
  • Blank notebook/journal and writing utensils
  • Colouring books
  • Scratch-art doodle pad
  • Activity books
  • Brain Quest cards
  • Doodle books
  • Mad Libs
  • One player travel-sized games
  • Small chalkboard, Magna-Doodle, Etch-a-Sketch, or Boogie Board

Items For Oral Motor Sensory Support

  • Chew toy or chew necklace
  • Chewing gum, hard candies, or lollipops
  • Snacks with a variety of textures
  • Whistle, harmonica, party blowers, or similar
  • Rescue Remedy Spray

Items To Visually Calm

  • Visual calm down cards
  • Sensory bottle or calm down jar
  • Light up toys
  • Flashlight
  • Plastic snow globe
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Hourglass
  • Eye mask

Further Reading 

Strategies To Help Angry Children Cool Down -  Here are a few strategies that early educators can use to help angry kids cool down.

Pattern Posters - Pattern Posters can be used as a calming down technique for children when they are feeling overwhelmed. Children can trace the pattern with their fingers or use stones to place along the pattern to help them focus when they are unsettled. These can also be used with play dough as well. These are a great addition to add to a Calming Corner.

Patterns and Stones - Children can use stones to trace patterns which helps a child to focus on when they are feeling unsettled.

Calming Playdough - Three different playdough recipes will help children to calm down as they manipulate it. 

Hide and Seek Sensory Bottle - Create this easy-to-make hide-and-seek sensory bottle for children to find different objects. 

Stress Ball Balloons - Help an upset child to settle using the balloon stress balls, which children can use to manipulate.

Air Drawing Brain Breaks - Air Drawing Brain Breaks enables children to take a break from their tasks and refocus. They start at the dot and follow along the line. These can be shown to children and they redraw the pattern in the air or laminate and children follow along the line with their fingers. A great addition to having a calm-down area.

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Created On June 13, 2023 Last modified on Tuesday, June 13, 2023
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