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.
- Coloring books/page with colored pencils
- I pads with head phones to listen to soft music, guided meditations or visualizations
- Kids yoga deck with illustrated cards so if a movement break is needed, they can do these on their own
- 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.
- Journal paper for those students who find peace in drawing or writing
- Puzzles or mazes. These can help redirect their thoughts or anger
- 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)
- Tactile basket with stress balls, molding clay, rollers, etc.
- Cushions, blankets or pillows for quiet sitting
- 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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