Water play is always engaging and soothing for kids. This particular play can be done when the spring is in the air. To start the activity, you could send the children to collect fallen flowers from the garden. Add water to a tub and put the flower petals inside. This experience appeals to all senses and will help soothe children if they tend to lose their calm, get bored, frustrated and agitated. This sensory play activity does wonders to children, right from learning about flowers to creating their own sensory water tub and then having some imaginative play.
Most of the children lose their calm easily and at the same time if we take necessary steps to cool and soothe them, they also tend to forget the incident at once. They just need a diversion at that particular moment and we also need to ensure that we divert their minds in a fruitful and beneficial way. We need to make them do something constructive such as this calming tray, apart from giving a soothing and relaxing effect proves to be a great sensory activity too.
Magnetic bottles are a perfect science, sensory and calm down activity. As Educators, you would also love this because on one hand it's very easy to make and on the other, it has several benefits. Children are going to love these magnetic discovery bottles as they will be surprised to see the objects inside the bottle dance to the tunes of the magnet that they will be operating from the outside. Once you make it, seal the lid and store it on your shelf for using it over a period of time.
The Mindfulness Activity Cards have simple instructions for children to follow. These mindfulness activities will help children feel calmer and happier through these simple muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, listening activities. It's a great way to get children to settle.
The Pattern Posters can be used as a calming down technique for children when they are feeling overwhelmed. Children can trace the pattern with their finger or use stones to place along the pattern to help them focus when they are unsettled. These can also be used with playdough as well. These are a great addition to add to a Calming Corner.
The Deep Breathing Posters provide instructions on different types of breathing exercises for children. Breathing exercises provide a number of key benefits for children including reducing stress and increasing positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Air Drawing Brain Breaks enables children to take a break from their task and to 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 laminated and children follow along the line with their finger. Great addition to add to a calm down area.
Air Drawing Brain Breaks provide many skills such as direction going from left to right, visual spatial skills, visual tracking, eye hand co-ordination, crossing the midline and more.