A list of calming down strategies for students to reference when needed.
This classroom poster is a great guide to help you discuss with your students some possible calming down strategies they can utilize to help self-regulate their emotions.
Many children find it challenging to regulate strong emotions. Children need to be guided along the path of finding calming down strategies that work for them. What works for one child may not be the best strategy for their classmates. That’s why this poster is the perfect visual to display in a chill-out area or somewhere visible for your students.
Calming Down Strategies for Kids
The calming down strategies provided on the poster include:
- Think happy thoughts
- Take deep breaths
- Listen to some music
- Mindfulness coloring
- Drink some water
- Nature walks
- Read a book
- Talk to a friend
- Build a puzzle
- Use positive self-talk
How to Talk About Calming Down Strategies with Kids
It’s crucial that you spend some time exploring different emotions with your students to help them understand and become more self-aware.
You may like to introduce one calming down strategy a day, allowing children to act it out and talk about how they feel afterward. This process will help reveal which strategies work best for which students.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of calming down strategies, but it is certainly a good starting point. You may like to ask your students what other activities they would add and create an anchor chart of the additional strategies they suggest
Calming Down Strategies Flip Book
If you have students in your classroom that could use an individual reminder of these strategies, why not print out the letter-size version and cut out each strategy. Using a hole punch, make a hole in the upper left-hand corner and attach the strategies using a small binder ring or piece of string. Then students can keep their flip books inside their desks or backpack to use whenever needed.
Use the drop-down menu to choose between the color or black and white versions and letter or tabloid-size.