These visual calming strategies cards are a great resource for anyone with children to have on hand when out and about, for a calming corner in a classroom or as part of a calm down kit.
Just because a child is little doesn’t mean that they can’t have big emotions. Those emotions are valid but we need to find ways to help them work through them as well.
These free printable calm down cards are a great way to help them see and read ways that they can easily start to calm themselves down.
CALMING STRATEGIES CARDS
Aimed at all children, these Calming Strategies Cards are a great way for children to learn how to recognize, talk about and help manage anger issues, emotions or meltdowns and learn how to calm themselves down.
Even as an adult, I still deal with a lot of these emotions so when we’re thinking of a child, it just makes sense that they’ll need help as easily dealing with their big emotions as well.
These cards are meant as an aid to help showcase and guide your child when they’re feeling a tad bit overwhelmed.
Materials Required to print these calm down cards:
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Here are some items that pair well with these activities. You will use each of these items over and over during all my printable preschool activity packs.
- Card stock(to print everything out on.)
This Calming Strategies Cards Pack contains 5 pages of printable cards – a total of 20 different strategy cards.
I recommend printing the cards out on card stock before laminating them for durability.
This pack includes twenty different methods children could use to help calm themselves. These visual cards could be placed on the wall in a calming corner, or held together with a ring and used as cards to flip through when needed.
There are many ways that these cards could be used:
- Print two copies and use in memory and matching games
- Use to talk to children about how to recognize their feelings and the many different options they can use to calm down
- Use to help children decide which strategy suits them or they would like to try to see if it helps them
- As a reminder to encourage children in their time of need
There are also two sets of these posters and cards. A color version as well as a black and white version.
We have several of these printed and have them in place all around our house and home. If there’s a way that I can offer comfort to the children during their time of need, I want to be able to do that in a relatable way for them.
Teach children more about what they are feeling by teaching them facial expressions and feelings vocabulary words with the Feelings + Emotions activity pack.
It’s a good idea to have a set in your car, your house, your purse and if your child goes to daycare, give them a set as well. Understanding big emotions and teaching your child how to manage them is such an amazing lifelong skill.
GET THE CALMING STRATEGIES IN COLOR HERE
Have fun with these free calming cards. They’re a great way to work on your communication skills with your child as well.