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Calming Strategies Chatterbox Template

  • Updated

    Updated:  07 Aug 2023

Help your students choose and apply strategies when they need to calm down with this handy chatterbox template.

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  F - 6

teaching resource

Calming Strategies Chatterbox Template

  • Updated

    Updated:  07 Aug 2023

Help your students choose and apply strategies when they need to calm down with this handy chatterbox template.

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  F - 6

Help your students choose and apply strategies when they need to calm down with this handy chatterbox template.

Calming Strategies for Kids

As teachers, we are no strangers to the emotional meltdowns of our students! It’s a fact of life that the little humans in our care are going to have their fair share of challenges during their time in our class, so it’s important to be equipped with the right tools to help them along the way!

As educators, we are responsible for helping our students to not only understand their emotions, but also to manage them in a socially acceptable manner. This process does not come naturally to any of us… explicit support is needed!

Manage ‘Big’ Emotions with a Chatterbox

You might find yourself asking, ‘How can a chatterbox help my students manage big emotions?’ The answer is that a normal chatterbox probably can’t… but this chatterbox is a little different. It is a calming strategies chatterbox!

This hands-on social-emotional learning resource has been created to support your students in understanding what they can do when they experience a ‘big’ emotion such as anger, anxiety or fear. The chatterbox contains eight different strategies that students can use whenever they feel the need to calm down. And the best thing is, it is small enough to fit into a pocket, meaning it can be accessible to your students at any time or in any place!

We’ve created two different versions of this calming strategies chatterbox template to ensure that the strategies suggested are age-appropriate for all students. One is more suited to younger students (6-9-year-olds), while the other is more suitable for older students (10-12-year-olds). 

The strategies featured on the younger students’ version are as follows:

  • Asking an adult for help
  • Counting slowly to ten
  • Doing some exercise
  • Finding a quiet place to sit
  • Touching or hugging a soft object
  • Thinking about a special place
  • Drawing a picture or colouring
  • Doing deep, mindful breaths

The strategies featured on the older students’ version are as follows:

  • Talking to a trusted friend or adult
  • Spending some time in nature
  • Using positive self-talk
  • Reading a book
  • Doing some yoga
  • Listening to music
  • Finding an appropriate place to yell out loud
  • Writing thoughts in a journal

These strategies can be used by students to help self-regulate their emotional state. The strategies appeal to a range of senses and incorporate mindfulness activities such as mindful breathing, positive self-talk and visualisation techniques.

How to Create a Calming Strategies Chatterbox

Follow these simple instructions to create a calming strategies chatterbox.

  1. Cut out the template square.
  2. Fold the square in half, both vertically and horizontally, then unfold.
  3. Fold each corner in to meet in the centre.
  4. Flip over and repeat the corner-folding process.
  5. Fold the square in half, both vertically and horizontally, then unfold.
  6. You can now put your thumb and index finger inside the square pockets to make the chatterbox move.

Choose Your File From the Dropdown Menu

There are four files available for download. These are:

  • Younger students’ chatterbox in full colour
  • Younger students’ chatterbox in black and white
  • Older students’ chatterbox in full colour
  • Older students’ chatterbox in black and white

Use the dropdown menu next to the Download button to choose your preferred version.

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