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75 Calm Down Techniques

75 Calm Down Techniques

When your child starts to meltdown – whether they are feeling angry, afraid, or just overly emotional, it can be HARD to get them to calm down! There is nothing worse than looking at your child and just not knowing what to do to help them as they scream, tantrum, or cry.

As a parent of 2 (in addition to extra foster kiddos at times) I have learned that it is important to have a lot of calm down tools in my basket when it comes to coping strategies. Keeping things fresh and giving kids choices can make all the difference when it comes to getting things calmed down and under control!

Calm Down Techniques and Ideas

I have put together a list below of 75 calm down strategies. These are all great options, but you will notice that some are more geared towards kids that have sensory issues or that may act out when they get hungry, tired or overstimulated.

One thing I have recently created at my house is a grab bag of calm down strategies. I have printed off all of these ideas, cut them up, and put the slips of paper into a bucket. When one of my kids gets upset, angry, anxious, hyperactive, or just needs a little redirection, I give them the choice to choose one of the slips of paper and do the activity.

Letting them pick makes it feel more like they are in control and less like I am punishing them which can be an important distinction in the midst of a tantrum or outburst! (Control is also a really important issue when dealing with strong willed children or children who have a traumatic past.)

If you want to make your own calm down grab bag, you can find this list in a format that works for printing and cutting in the parenting resource library. Get free access to the library by entering your details in the box below.

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    75 Calm Down Techniques

    1. Shake a Glitter Jar or Bubble Bottle
    2. Read a Book
    3. 5 Senses Scavenger Hunt (Check out the Calm Down Card Deck for instructions)
    4. Count To 20
    5. Squeeze a Stress Ball
    6. Do Infinity Breathing (Here’s an article on Deep Breathing for Kids with Instructions)
    7. Do a page from The Brave Guide to Anger
    8. Talk to a Friend
    9. Jump on a Trampoline
    10. Think of a Happy Memory
    11. Do Dragon Breathing For 1 Minute (Check out the Calm Down Card Deck for instructions)
    12. Do 20 Jumping Jacks
    13. Blow into Your Hands
    14. Clench and Release Your Muscles
    15. Use a Problem-Solving Worksheet (Download for free in the Parenting Resource Library)
    16. Chew Gum
    17. Listen to Music
    18. Do a Puzzle
    19. Blow Bubbles
    20. Do a Word Search
    21. Do Belly Breathing Until You Feel Calm (Here’s an article on teaching kids to do deep breathing)
    22. Put on Noise Reducing Head Phones
    23. Run in Place as Fast as You Can
    24. Go to a Quiet Calm Place
    25. Snuggle a Stuffed Animal
    26. Write in a Journal
    27. Hum or Whistle to Yourself
    28. Go for a Bike Ride
    29. Say the ABCs Backwards
    30. Eat a Snack
    31. Use Deep Breathing Posters to Do Mountain Breathing 
    32. Blow on a Pinwheel
    33. Play with a Fidget Spinner
    34. Sit in a Dark Room
    35. Bounce on a Ball (This hippity hop is my son’s favorite calm down tool!)
    36. Do Some Stretches
    37. Make Faces in a Mirror
    38. Get A Drink of Water
    39. Color a Picture
    40. Squeeze a Pillow as Tight as You Can
    41. Let Someone Brush Your Hair
    42. Have a Dance Party
    43. Use a Weighted Blanket (Make sure to get the correct weight for your child!)
    44. Take a Bubble Bath
    45. Use Lavender Essential Oil
    46. Play with Playdough
    47. Doodle – Alternate Between Light and Heavy Pressure
    48. Write Down Your Worries or Frustrations and Then Tear Up the Paper
    49. Say a Positive Affirmation (Check out my Positive Affirmations Kit)
    50. Play with a Pipe Cleaner
    51. Trace a Calming Word on Your Leg or Arm
    52. Hang Upside Down Off the Couch
    53. Keep a Feather or Balloon Up in The Air by Blowing on It
    54. Take a Shower
    55. Take a Nap
    56. Ask for a Break
    57. Play with Thinking Putty
    58. Play with Legos
    59. Look at Old Pictures
    60. Make a Worry or Angry Monster
    61. Suck on Ice
    62. Put Your Hands in Your Pockets
    63. Do Downward Dog (Check out the Calm Down Card Deck for instructions)
    64. Blow A Marble with A Straw
    65. Do Wall Pushups
    66. Do an ABC Scavenger Hunt (Check out the Calm Down Card Deck for instructions)
    67. Play with A Rubix Cube
    68. Write a Letter or a Story
    69. Ask for a Break
    70. Yell into a Pillow
    71. Balance on One Foot
    72. Pretend You Are Calm Even If You’re Not
    73. Crab Walk
    74. Play Air Guitar or Air Drums
    75. Remember Every Detail You Can About the Most Beautiful Place You Have Every Been

    Do you have calm down techniques not listed here that work for you? Leave them in the comments to add to the list!

    Printable Calm Down Techniques List (Print & Cut)

    Don’t forget to download your print and cut Calm Down Skills list to make your own grab bag of calm down techniques! You can access that printable by filling in your info in the box below!

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