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50 Calming Activities for Kids During Melt down ie Tantrums, Anger and Crying




Some Super Awesome Calming Techniques for Kids with simple illustrations:


  1. Balloon Breaths: Illustration: The child inhales deeply, imagining filling a balloon, and exhales slowly as the balloon deflates.

  2. Bubble Wrap Popping Bliss: Illustration: The child enjoys popping bubble wrap, turning a simple sensory activity into a satisfying and stress-relieving experience.

  3. Rainbow Relaxation: Illustration: Child imagines a rainbow. With each breath, they focus on a color of the rainbow, starting from the bottom and working their way up.

  4. Calm Jar Observation: Illustration: Child watches a jar with glitter settle. As the glitter settles, their mind also becomes clearer.

  5. Bubble Breaths: Illustration: The child takes slow breaths, pretending to blow bubbles. The focus is on the slow exhale, mimicking the gentle release of bubbles.

  6. Cloud Gazing: Illustration: The child lies down, imagines lying on a soft cloud, and observes the shapes of clouds passing by, syncing their breathing with the movement.

  7. Feather Float: Illustration: The child pretends to hold a feather and takes slow, gentle breaths, imagining the feather floating with each exhale.

  8. Starfish Relaxation: Illustration: The child lies down, spreading arms and legs like a starfish. As they breathe deeply, they imagine relaxation spreading through each limb.

  9. Gratitude Balloon Release: Illustration: The child attaches notes of gratitude to helium balloons and releases them into the sky, symbolizing the uplifting power of expressing thankfulness.

  10. Nature Sounds Breathing: Illustration: The child closes eyes and listens to nature sounds. With each breath, they mimic the sound of wind or waves to promote relaxation.

  11. Smelling Flowers: Illustration: The child takes a deep breath, imagining they are smelling a beautiful flower. They exhale slowly, enjoying the calming scent.

  12. Heartbeat Harmony: Illustration: The child places a hand on their heart, feeling the heartbeat. They breathe in sync with their heartbeat to establish a sense of calm and rhythm.

  13. Time Capsule of Positivity: Illustration: The child creates a "time capsule" filled with drawings, notes, or objects that represent positive memories. Opening it in the future can evoke feelings of joy and nostalgia.

  14. Rainstick Rhythms: Illustration: The child tilts a rainstick, listening to the calming sound of falling beads. This auditory experience enhances focus and relaxation.

  15. Mandala Meditation Stones: Illustration: The child paints or decorates stones with mandala patterns. Focusing on the intricate designs while breathing promotes mindfulness and tranquility.

  16. Joyful Dance Party: Illustration: The child dances freely to uplifting music, expressing themselves through movement. Dancing is a fun way to release tension and boost mood.

  17. Warm Water Hand Massage: Illustration: The child immerses their hands in warm water, practicing self-massage and paying attention to the soothing sensations for relaxation.

  18. Breathing with Color: Illustration: The child associates different colors with specific emotions and breathes in the corresponding color. This mindfulness exercise adds a visual element to deep breathing.

  19. Mindful Sculpting: Illustration: Child sculpts with clay or playdough, focusing on the texture and shape of the creation. The tactile experience promotes relaxation and creativity.

  20. Compliment Collage: Illustration: The child creates a collage of positive affirmations or compliments they've received, reinforcing feelings of self-worth and positivity.

  21. Sunset Silhouette Reflection: Illustration: The child watches a sunset and creates a silhouette drawing of the scene, connecting with the beauty of nature and promoting a sense of calmness.

  22. Magic Mirror Visualization: Illustration: The child gazes into a "magic mirror" and envisions a positive future scenario, fostering hope and optimism through guided visualization.

  23. Aromatherapy Adventure: Illustration: The child explores different calming scents using scented oils or herbs, connecting each scent with a positive emotion to create a personalized aromatherapy experience.

  24. Dream Catcher Doodle: Illustration: The child doodles a dream catcher, filling it with symbols representing their dreams and aspirations. This creative activity encourages relaxation and goal-setting.

  25. Starlight Stargazing: Illustration: The child lies down outdoors and gazes at the stars, imagining each star carrying away a worry. Connecting with the vastness of the night sky promotes a sense of perspective.

  26. Sound Symphony: Illustration: The child creates a "sound symphony" by using household items to produce calming sounds. This auditory experience enhances focus and mindfulness.

  27. Rock Garden Reflection: Illustration: The child arranges smooth rocks in a miniature garden, each rock representing a positive affirmation or intention. The process promotes reflection and mindfulness.

  28. Mood Lava Lamp: Illustration: The child observes a homemade "mood lava lamp" with calming colors floating and changing. This visual display can be mesmerizing and soothing.

  29. Gentle Wave Breathing: Illustration: The child imagines their breath as gentle ocean waves, inhaling as the tide rises and exhaling as it retreats. This visualization promotes a sense of rhythmic calmness.

  30. Dreamy Hot Air Balloon Ride: Illustration: Child imagines riding a hot air balloon. With each breath, they ascend higher into a calming and peaceful sky.

  31. Gentle Tree Sway: Illustration: The child envisions themselves as a tree. They sway gently with the breeze, syncing their movements with slow, rhythmic breaths.

  32. Ocean Wave Counting: Illustration: Child counts ocean waves in their mind. Inhale for one wave, and exhale for the next, promoting a steady and calming breathing rhythm.

  33. Scented Playdough Stress Ball: Illustration: The child squeezes a scented stress ball made of playdough, combining tactile and olfactory sensations for relaxation.

  34. Moonlit Night Sky Watching: Illustration: The child lies down and gazes at a moonlit night sky, focusing on the calming glow of the moon and stars.

  35. Butterfly Flutter Breaths: Illustration: The child pretends to be a butterfly. With each breath, they flutter their wings gently, promoting calmness and relaxation.

  36. Raindrop Meditation: Illustration: The child imagines raindrops falling gently on a pond. With each imaginary drop, they breathe deeply, creating a serene mental landscape.

  37. Warm Hug Visualization:Illustration: The child visualizes a warm hug from someone they love, fostering feelings of comfort and security.

  38. Glowing Firefly Mindfulness: Illustration: The child imagines being a glowing firefly. With each breath, they radiate calming light, symbolizing inner peace.

  39. Magical Forest Walk:Illustration: The child takes a mental walk through a magical forest, observing vibrant colors and peaceful surroundings to promote relaxation.

  40. Guitar String Strumming Breaths: Illustration: The child imagines strumming a gentle tune on a guitar. Each strum corresponds to a slow and calming breath.

  41. Yoga Pose Reflection: Illustration: The child practices a simple yoga pose, focusing on balance and steady breaths to create a sense of calm and tranquility.

  42. Snow Globe Mindfulness: Illustration: The child envisions themselves inside a snow globe. As they breathe, the imaginary snow settles, bringing a sense of peaceful stillness.

  43. Forest Creature Breaths: Illustration: The child imagines being a forest creature. With each breath, they mimic the calm and rhythmic movements of their chosen creature.

  44. Candle Flicker Visualization: Illustration: The child visualizes a flickering candle flame. As they breathe, they imagine their breath gently swaying the flame, promoting focus and calmness.

  45. Whale Song Relaxation: Illustration: The child imagines the calming sounds of whale songs. With each breath, they mimic the slow and deep rhythm of the oceanic melody.

  46. Hot Cocoa Mindfulness: Illustration: The child envisions sipping on a warm cup of cocoa. As they breathe, they feel the warmth spreading through their body, inducing relaxation.

  47. Kite Flying Connection: Illustration: The child imagines flying a kite. With each breath, they feel the connection between themselves and the soaring kite, creating a sense of ease and freedom.

  48. Harmony Stones Stacking: Illustration: The child stacks small stones, focusing on balance and precision. This mindful activity promotes concentration and relaxation.

  49. Bee Breath Buzzing: Illustration: The child practices "bee breath" by inhaling deeply and buzzing like a bee during the exhale. This rhythmic exercise helps calm the mind.

  50. Harmony Puzzle Solving: Illustration: The child engages in a simple puzzle, focusing on each piece and its connection to the whole. This promotes concentration and mindfulness.


These additional calming techniques incorporate various sensory experiences and imaginative scenarios to help children find peace and tranquillity. Remember, visuals should be simple and engaging to make these techniques more accessible and fun for kids. Encourage adaptability and personalization of these techniques to cater to individual preferences and promote a joyful exploration of relaxation methods. Encourage a mix of playful and reflective activities to cater to various moods and preferences, allowing children to discover what brings them the most joy and relaxation.


Also don’t jump into the techniques without understanding the child and when the kid is in an extreme meltdown situation. During those extreme times, it's difficult to dive into the activities and understand the instructions so first we need to follow some of the steps stated below.


1. Stay Calm: Maintain your composure to set a positive example.

2. Validate Feelings: Acknowledge the child's emotions and let them know it's okay to feel that way.

3. Use a Soothing Tone: Speak calmly and gently to help create a sense of security.

4. Provide Comfort: Offer a hug or reassuring touch if the child is comfortable with it.

5. Offer Distraction: Engage them in a calming activity or redirect their focus to something positive.

6. Listen Actively: Allow them to express their feelings, and listen without judgment.

7. Establish Routine: Consistency can provide a sense of stability and security.

8. Breathing Exercises: Teach simple deep breathing techniques to help regulate emotions.

9. Problem-Solve Together: If appropriate, involve the child in finding solutions to the issue at hand.

10. Be Patient: Give them time and space if needed, and be patient as they work through their emotions.


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Swati

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