Friday, February 1, 2019

Calming Activities for Children

Here are a few simple calm down activities for children to help them unwind at the end of the day or play with just before bed time. We all need some moments of peace and quiet in our busy lives, and this helps both parents and children.

Make Lavendar Play Dough. The subtle power of lavender helps to induce calmness and sleepiness. Pushing, squeezing and modelling with play dough is a great stress reliever in and of itself too. Get them to take out their tiffs in the dough!

A rain stick is a great craft to make together. The sound it makes when turned over is wonderful! Children cannot help but keep on turning it over and over, listening to the gentle sound until they calm down.

Discovery bottles are another great resource to have on hand. Filled with glitter, beads pom poms and more, the liquids and objects move slowly when turned and children can focus on them as they do so. Teach them to take deep breaths while they watch the objects moving and they should relax in no time!

Blowing bubbles, whether for a younger sibling or just for themselves, is instantly calming as it requires focus and deep breathing. Of course it beings giggling too, but hopefully still in a happier way than their mood might have been in before!