Calm Down Cards
Set of 31 Calm down cards helping you to educate your child on possible coping skills and emotion regulation techniques.
- Calm down cards involve actions and activities that you would typically do when feeling unpleasant emotions such as; frustration, disappointment or anger. These activities include: breathe, squeeze and release, draw or paint, blow bubbles, take a walk...etc.
- Assist in bringing your child back to his/her calming self during a stressful situation or during a meltdown/tantrum.
- Developed through recommendations from trained experts in the field of childcare and early childhood learning.
- Introduce the cards when the child is calm and in a non-stressful environment, talk about the different strategies and see which one your child might be more interested in.
- When your child is upset or in a meltdown listen and empathise with your child’s feelings, recognise, name and acknowledge their feelings.
- Do not stop the feeling, having unpleasant emotions is not "wrong."
- Use the cards to offer relaxation or calming techniques.
- Ask the child to choose from the deck of cards the activities that they think will help to relax and calm them, like listening to music, drawing or writing in a journal.
- Model how to transform the feeling of frustration and anger using the examples in the cards such as; count backwards from 10 or imagine a peaceful scene or pretend to blow bubbles.
- Practice the skills together for a few minutes every day.
- Notice and encourage the child when they use these skills to cope with big feelings. Commend them for becoming resilient.
- Use creatively and with love.