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Calm Your Child

Build a Calming Down box

Teach your child to regulate emotions by learning some simple and fun ways to calm down.

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Create your own Calming Down Box for your Little One!

Calming Down Box

About

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Box

A Calming Down Box is a resource tool kit for children to learn how to regulate their emotions and calm down effectively. 

 

It is normal for children to experience difficult emotions such as anger, fear and sadness. While some child can navigate through these big feelings, others finds it hard. He or she can feel overwhelmed and even confused, not knowing why they are reacting this way. Not all children have the emotional language to express themselves with words. That is when an experiential approach to calming down can be useful.

Take time to introduce the Calming Down box to your child. Allow him or  her to explore using each item during your usual play-time. When your child is going through temper tantrums or emotional meltdowns, bring out the Calming Down Box, and allow them to choose any of the items to express how they feel. Through this process, your child learns that it is okay to feel how he/she feels and that there are different ways to navigate these difficult emotions. Feel free to add/subtract from our suggested list of items. Find what works best for your child.

Items

  1. Squishy Toys

  2. Bubble Wrap

  3. White Noise Device

  4. Weighted Blanket

  5. Stress Ball

  6. Colouring Books

  7. DIY Glitter Bottle

  8. Favourite StoryBook

  9. Feelings Cards

​​**The above approach serves to provide general guidance to help children calm down, it is not exhaustive. For more specific advice and support, look for a local counsellor or therapist who specialises in working with children.

DIY Pinwheel

Teach your child "Paced-Breathing"
with this Craft Activity

Paced Breathing is a technique that helps to calm the nervous system, clear the head of distractions and reduce stress. While sitting, breathe in through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 4, then release your breath through your mouth with a whooshing sound for a count of 8, now blowing at your DIY-Pinwheel. Have Fun!

Leroy and His Secret Helmet

NEW BOOK RELEASE

Ages 6-12

More than a Children's Story Book

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With the help of his secret helmet, Leroy has always managed to put on a smile during difficult situations. But what happens when he faces a bigger challenge with too much emotions to handle? 


This heart-warming story imparts lessons on social-emotional learning and guides children on how to be more resilient when facing challenges

"A very realistic and heartwarming book that brings out some magical imagination of children yet addresses authentic situations that children face in school and at home today.  The  activity pages will help children reflect on different emotions and learn various coping strategies. "
- Dawn Yeo, Educator

Resources

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Managing Emotions

How Tapping help your child relieve stress

Tapping sends relaxing signal to your brain helping your body to relax. It's a great way to teach your child to be socially & emotionally aware & learn to take care of their own feelings.

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The Tapping Solution

3 min Video

Image by Senjuti Kundu

Emotions Regulation

How to help children calm down

Emotional self-regulation is what most children struggle with, but yet it is a skill your child can learn. Here are some techniques to help them stay calm when emotions are at play. 

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Caroline Miller

6 min Read

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Mindfulness for Children

12 Calming Exercises for Your Child

Mindfulness helps to build up your child's resilience by focusing on the "here and now", giving space for your child to calm down and learn how to better respond to stress. 

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Ana Maria Verissimo

5 min Read

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