Bringing mindfulness to your classroom by creating a calm-down corner

Posted on September 01 2016

If you have the space in your classroom, a calm-down area is a great way to provide anxious, frustrated or overly excited children a place to chill and regroup. Here are 10 ideas that you could add to that space so all kids can find something that helps them reconnect and calm down.

  1. Coloring books/page with colored pencils
  2. I pads with head phones to listen to soft music, guided meditations or visualizations
  3. Kids yoga deck with illustrated cards so if a movement break is needed, they can do these on their own
  4. Positive affirmations or mantras for them to say to themselves. These can be printed on cards so they can find one that resonates with them at the moment.
  5. Journal paper for those students who find peace in drawing or writing
  6. Puzzles or mazes. These can help redirect their thoughts or anger
  7. Breathing activities that can also be printed on cards for them to choose just the right one. You can also include a Hoberman Sphere to guide them through their inhalations and exhalations (inhales expand the sphere, exhales contract it)
  8. Tactile basket with stress balls, molding clay, rollers, etc.
  9. Cushions, blankets or pillows for quiet sitting
  10. Clear mind jars (as seen in the photo)                       

Laura Zimmer- Author/Creator of The Beginner's Mind Mindfulness Teaching Toolkit - A mindfulness curriculum for elementary children.

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