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 playroom and I am always looking for new ideas on how to build these with my clients.
Personal side note: my own calm-down box involves a warm bath, candles, a glass of wine, and spa CD! But while adults can have a calm down took kit, this post is geared towards items for kids!
When to Use a Calm-Down Box:
These are perfect for encouraging your child to calm down from a tantrum, occupy themselves while waiting for something (such as lunch), or anytime they feel frustrated, angry, or sad. Everything in your box should represent a positive and acceptable means of managing emotions.
What to Include:
Calm-down boxes should contain items that appeal to the senses (you may hear the term sensory toys). Basically, these are toys that appeal to sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste. Here are some examples:
- Rice bin
- Glitter bottle
- Soft pillow and/or blanket
- Squeeze toys
- Calming music
- Sensory/textured balls
Items that focus attention are also good to include:
- Rubik’s Cube Game
- 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. Kids love to know they can use something them made by hand!
As always, questions, comments, and suggestions are welcomed!