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If you are the parent, grandparent or teacher of a child that has frequent meltdowns, you know how difficult it is, not just for you, but for your child. As frustrating as it is for you when these happen, it is even harder on your child.

I’m excited to be able to tell you about something that I think you’re going to find really helpful.

Sharla has created some free printable calm down strategy cards that can be used with kids. These can go into a calm-down kit or put on a binder ring for them to keep in their backpack or pocket.

You can even print an extra set to keep in your car or purse to always be prepared.

Just like t-shirts, kids aren’t “one size fits all”. Not all of the strategies on these cards will work for your child. But some of them will. And that’s all you need. Because if you can find some strategies that work best, those can become your go-tos.

You can practice them with your child when they are calm and then they will work better during times of high stress or in the throes of a meltdown.

There are 50 different cards, so you are sure to find ones that are effective for your kiddo.

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Here are the 50 Calm Down Strategies for Kids that you will get in printable card form here:

  • Hum
  • Wrap Yourself in a Blanket
  • Drink Water
  • Draw a Picture
  • Color
  • Breathe
  • Ask for a Hug
  • Read a Book
  • Whisper the Alphabet
  • Pray
  • Listen to Music
  • Press Your Palm to Your Chest
  • Go for a Run
  • Relax Your Face
  • Do my Affirmations
  • Push on the Wall
  • Squeeze a Sensory Ball
  • Play with a Fidget
  • Stretch
  • Jump
  • Count
  • Chew Gum
  • Play with Play-dough
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Do a Puzzle
  • Wear Noise Reducing Headphones
  • Finger-paint
  • Touch Your Toes
  • Be a Helper
  • Look at a Calm Down Bottle
  • Dance
  • Eat a Crunchy Snack
  • Blow a Pinwheel
  • Pop Bubble Wrap
  • Use a Small Massager
  • Hug a Teddy Bear
  • Journal
  • Take a Shower
  • Carry some Books
  • Close Your Eyes
  • Swing or Rock
  • Wiggle Your Fingers
  • Go to Your Quiet Place
  • Play the Harmonica
  • Go for a Walk
  • Trace Shapes on Your Hand with Your Finger
  • Do 5 Pushups
  • Name Your Emotions
  • Put Lotion On
  • Do Yoga


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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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