The idea of a calm down bin for kids is a fantastic concept that has been around for a while. I have a calm down box in my play room and I am always looking for new ideas on how to build these with my clients. Personal side note: my “calm down box” involves a warm bath, candles, glass of wine, and spa CD, but kids don’t necessarily go for that!
When to use:
These are perfect for encouraging your child to calm down from a tantrum, occupy themself while waiting for something (say lunch), or anytime they feel frustrated, angry, or even sad. Everything in your box should represent a positive and acceptable means of managing emotions.
What to Include:
- rice bin
- glitter bottle
- soft pillow and blanket
- squeeze toys
- sensory (textured) balls
- calming music
- rubix cube
- coloring materials
And items that encourage deep breathing.
Make Your Own Items!
For some homemade items (great for activities in session too), check these out:
The homemade items are half the fun of putting these boxes together. These activities encourage creativity and personalization into each item. Kids love to know they can use something them made by hand!
As always, questions/comments/suggestions are welcomed!
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