9 Calm Down Ideas for Kids

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9 Calm Down Ideas for Kids
9 Calm Down Ideas for Kids
Last week I shared the 5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions Poster as a tool to
help parents and children navigate those times when children are struggling
Last week I shared the
as a tool to
to express their feelings in socially acceptable ways (you can <nd out more
help parents and children navigate those times when children are struggling
about the 5 steps and print a copy of the poster here). The <nal step of the
to express their feelings in socially acceptable ways (you can <nd out more
process shared was ‘Take time to calm down’ and I promised that this week I
about the 5 steps and print a copy of the poster
). The <nal step of the
would share activity suggestions that are great for encouraging children to
process shared was ‘Take time to calm down’ and I promised that this week I
channel their big emotions into alternative pursuits that allow them to
would share activity suggestions that are great for encouraging children to
discharge their feelings safely. You’ll <nd more about those ideas below but
channel their big emotions into alternative pursuits that allow them to
before I go on to talk about them I wanted to address the question that some
discharge their feelings safely. You’ll <nd more about those ideas below but
people had about why I listed this step last and not <rst. Here’s my thinking
before I go on to talk about them I wanted to address the question that some
behind the order of the steps;
people had about why I listed this step last and not <rst. Here’s my thinking
behind
the myself
order ofthat
the itsteps;
1. Remind
is never okay to hurt others – many children
immediately lash out at others (physically or verbally) as a <rst reaction when
1. Remind myself that it is never okay to hurt others – many children
they feel angry, frustrated or upset. This is not okay and as it is that <rst
immediately lash out at others (physically or verbally) as a <rst reaction when
reaction, the reminder not to do it becomes the <rst point.
they feel angry, frustrated or upset. This is not okay and as it is that <rst
2. Take 3 deep breaths or count slowly to 10 – these are both very simple
reaction, the reminder not to do it becomes the <rst point.
and immediate calm down techniques that children can use to give them a
2. Take 3 deep breaths or count slowly to 10 – these are both very simple
little time and space to try and negotiate a solution to the problem that is
and immediate calm down techniques that children can use to give them a
occurring.
little time and space to try and negotiate a solution to the problem that is
3. Use my words to say how I feel and what I wish would happen – as I said
occurring.
last week, “Acknowledging the big feelings recognises that these feelings are
3. Use my words to say how I feel and what I wish would happen – as I said
legitimate and important, and saying what they wish would happen helps to
last week, “Acknowledging the big feelings recognises that these feelings are
open a problem solving conversation.”
legitimate and important, and saying what they wish would happen helps to
4. Ask for help to solve the problem – children will not always be able to
open a problem solving conversation.”
solve a problem by themselves and asking for help involves you as a support
4. Ask for help to solve the problem – children will not always be able to
person in the problem solving process.
solve a problem by themselves and asking for help involves you as a support
5. Take the time I need to calm down – a solution to please everyone won’t
person in the problem solving process.
always be found, and in these instances if the big feelings continue to be an
issue for your child a suggestion that they take some time to calm down can
be helpful (some children will even say themselves, “I need some time
issue for your child a suggestion that they take some time to calm down can
alone!). That is where the following calm down ideas can help your child
be helpful (some children will even say themselves, “I need some time
discharge these feelings safely.
alone!). That is where the following calm down ideas can help your child
discharge these feelings safely.
So here are some safe ways that children can resolve their big feelings
without hurting themselves or others.
So here are some safe ways that children can resolve their big feelings
without hurting themselves or others.
9 Calm Down Ideas for Kids
1. Go outside and kick a ball or run around: the physical activity is a great
outlet for overwhelming emotions and nature is a great healer.
outlet
for aoverwhelming
a great
healer. angry or
2. Punch
pillow: a safeemotions
way to letand
off nature
steam is
when
managing
frustrated feelings.
2. Punch a pillow: a safe way to let off steam when managing angry or
frustrated
3. Listen tofeelings.
music or sing a song: one for children who <nd music
comforting.
3. Listen to music or sing a song: one for children who <nd music
comforting.
4. Close your eyes and think of a calm place: a great relaxation tool for kids,
this is one to practise with them at other times (before sleep is a great time)
4. Close your eyes and think of a calm place: a great relaxation tool for kids,
so that they can call on it when they are struggling with emotions.
this is one to practise with them at other times (before sleep is a great time)
so
that they
can call
on it when
they
are to
struggling
emotions.
5. Draw
a picture:
encourage
your
child
use theirwith
creativity
to symbolically
represent how they are feeling, “Do you want to draw me a picture of how you
5. Draw a picture: encourage your child to use their creativity to symbolically
are feeling?”
represent how they are feeling, “Do you want to draw me a picture of how you
are
feeling?”
6. Write
a letter or a story: again, this technique provides your child with a
creative outlet for their feelings – “Maybe you could write your brother a letter
6. Write a letter or a story: again, this technique provides your child with a
and tell him how you feel?” “Why don’t you write a story about what
creative outlet for their feelings – “Maybe you could write your brother a letter
happened. You could even make up a new ending.”
and tell him how you feel?” “Why don’t you write a story about what
happened.
You could
even
make who
up a<nd
newreading
ending.”provides a sense of relief
7. Read a book:
one for
children
from other pressures.
7. Read a book: one for children who <nd reading provides a sense of relief
from
other
pressures.
8. Talk
to someone:
I always call my husband or my mum when I am
struggling with big emotions and your child might need that same exact
8. Talk to someone: I always call my husband or my mum when I am
support to process what they are feeling.
struggling with big emotions and your child might need that same exact
support
to aprocess
whatchildren
they arewill
feeling.
9. Ask for
hug: some
<nd comfort in close physical contact
when they are feeling overwhelmed.
9. Ask for a hug: some children will <nd comfort in close physical contact
when
theypoint
are feeling
One %nal
– theseoverwhelmed.
posters are as much, if not more, for the parent or
signi<cant adult helping the child manage these emotions, as they are for the
child. They are a tool to open discussion with your child about having a calm
down plan and they can act as a visual prompt to help you (the adult) as you
child. They are a tool to open discussion with your child about having a calm
guide your child in that moment when they are struggling to manage. You
down plan and they can act as a visual prompt to help you (the adult) as you
know your child best and so while this process will work well for some
guide your child in that moment when they are struggling to manage. You
children, it may not work for others. In the same way, their effectiveness will
know your child best and so while this process will work well for some
depend on the age and development of your child. I share these as a tool that
children, it may not work for others. In the same way, their effectiveness will
might just work in your parenting toolkit.
depend on the age and development of your child. I share these as a tool that
might
just work
in Ideas
your Printable Poster
.
The 9 Calm
Down
This poster works as a companion to the 5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions
The 9 Calm Down Ideas Printable Poster
Poster. I suggest printing it out and talking with your children about what their
This poster works as a companion to the
preferred calm down methods are (be sure to share you own with them too).
. I suggest printing it out and talking with your children about what their
Display the two posters together in your child’s bedroom, playroom or your
preferred calm down methods are (be sure to share you own with them too).
family living areas as a helpful prompt for working through these big
Display the two posters together in your child’s bedroom, playroom or your
emotions together.
family living areas as a helpful prompt for working through these big
emotions
together.
To download
your poster: Click on the poster image below. This will open a
larger PDF version that you can download to your own computer. Open the
To download your poster: Click on the poster image below. This will open a
PDF and print. When printing, select “Fit to printable area” (or similar) to
larger PDF version that you can download to your own computer. Open the
ensure the page <ts with your printer type and local paper size (these have
PDF and print. When printing, select “Fit to printable area” (or similar) to
been created at A4 size). I printed ours onto matte photo paper. Personal, non
ensure the page <ts with your printer type and local paper size (these have
commercial use only.
been created at A4 size). I printed ours onto matte photo paper. Personal, non
commercial use only.
If you haven’t yet, print each of the other posters in the series by clicking
each image below;
If you haven’t yet, print each of the other posters in the series by clicking
each image below;
Christie Burnett is an early childhood teacher, presenter, writer and the editor
of Childhood 101. More importantly, she is a Mum who believes
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wholeheartedly in the value of children learning through play, the importance
of Childhood 101. More importantly, she is a Mum who believes
of quality early education, and the togetherness of family.
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of
quality
education,
and the togetherness
of family.
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11 responses
Melanie Brammer
11 responses
March 20, 2015
Melanie Brammer
I could20,
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with this step-by-step plan myself sometimes, when emotions get the
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better of me – as well as helping my children to calm down. Trouble is,
eashpoints
for me
the children
are
usually
when we are
in aemotions
hurry to get
I could do with
thisand
step-by-step
plan
myself
sometimes,
when
get the
somewhere,
taking
time
to calm
is really
hard.
better of me so
– as
well as
helping
mydown
children
to calm
down. Trouble is,
eashpoints for me and the children are usually when we are in a hurry to get
somewhere, so taking time to calm down is really hard.
Catriona
April 18, 2015
Catriona
it won’t
let me get to PDF to save it and print it!!!
April
18, 2015
Very frustrating, when I click on the poster it just comes up with pin it which I’ve
already
done.
it won’t let
me get to PDF to save it and print it!!!
Very frustrating, when I click on the poster it just comes up with pin it which I’ve
already done.
Christie Burnett
April 18, 2015
Christie Burnett
Try this
link, Catriona –
April
18, 2015
https://drive.google.com/<le/d/0B3ondZPpW1RRd3M5dlExRTVNZGc/view
Try this link, Catriona –
Catriona
April 18, 2015
Catriona
Thanks
that helped, can I get to all the posters in that series please?
April 18, 2015
Thanks that helped, can I get to all the posters in that series please?
Christie Burnett
April 18, 2015
Christie Burnett
Sure,18,
here
are the others –
April
2015
https://drive.google.com/<le/d/0B3ondZPpW1RRc2IzckQxclZSRzg/view?
usp=sharing
Sure, here are the others –
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usp=sharing or
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usp=sharing or
MarLynn
April 28, 2015
MarLynn
I like28,
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April
2015ideas for the exception of ‘punching a pillow’. My way of thinking is
more in alignment with Thich Nahn Hanh in his book regarding anger. He
reminds
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Debra
June 2, 2015
Debra
I agree.
Punching anything is practicing aggression. I prefer recommending
June
2, 2015
a good stomp around the yard or do the “anger dance” – put on some lively
music
boogie anything
your anger
away.
I agree.and
Punching
is practicing
aggression. I prefer recommending
a good stomp around the yard or do the “anger dance” – put on some lively
music and boogie your anger away.
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May 3, 2015
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Jolie
October 30, 2015
Jolie
I am trying
to save the posters and then print. It asks me for a password before
October
30, 2015
I can save. I tried the additional links above as well but still the same. Can you
help?
I am trying to save the posters and then print. It asks me for a password before
I can save. I tried the additional links above as well but still the same. Can you
help?
Lisa
January 13, 2016
Lisa
Hi, these
January
13,posters
2016 are fantastic but unfortunately the link does not seem to work
anymore. When I click both on the poster link and on the goggle drive links
which
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Can you
help?
anymore. When
I click
both on the poster link and on the goggle drive links
which you have provided in the comments section it says “This page can’t be
displayed”. Can you help?
Christie Burnett
January 13, 2016
Christie Burnett
Hi Lisa 13,
– that
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2016is odd as they are working <ne for me. Maybe try in a
different browser?
Hi Lisa – that is odd as they are working <ne for me. Maybe try in a
different browser?
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