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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 and big emotions.

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.

The following provides a list of sensory tools that can be included inside a calm down box:

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

Reference:
Calm Down Kit For Kids, Nextcomes ESL

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