Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The Best Homemade Calm Down Kits for Kids

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DIY calm down kit and anti-anxiety kit ideas for kids to use at home or at school. You'll find lots of great suggestions for making your own calm down kits for kids.

Making a calm down bin or sensory kit for kids with autism or sensory processing disorder is a great way to help your child learn to self-regulate. They can be tailored to your child's needs and can include a variety of sensory toys and tools.

You can make one to keep at home or to take while traveling or to use while at school. The possibilities are endless!

While we don't use a dedicated calm down kit, we do keep a variety of sensory tools and toys available throughout our house, in J's backpack, and in my purse. We like to ensure that these items, as well as our free printable visual calm down cards, are available to him at all times.

In case you are looking for a little inspiration while making a DIY anti-anxiety kit of your own, I thought I would roundup some of my favorite homemade calm down kits for kids. There are lots of wonderful ideas in each of these sensory kits and I have tried to highlight my favorite part about each one.

DIY calm down kit ideas for kids

DIY Calm Down Kits that'll Inspire You to Make Your Own!

1. Travel Sensory Kit for Kids from The OT Toolbox - I love that this sensory kit is designed for road trips, airplane rides, or for on-the-go while running errands. It is a perfect one to keep in your car or purse!

2. Anti-Anxiety Kit for Kids with Free Printable Relaxation Prompts from The Chaos & the Clutter - I really like that this one comes with free printable relaxation prompts and that it uses Rescue Remedy, which we also use and love!

3. Homemade Sensory Kit for Fidgety Kids from Little Bins for Little Hands - If your child is particularly fidgety, this DIY kit has lots of great suggestions!

4. Sensory Kit for School or Home from Lemon Lime Adventures - This sensory backpack idea is perfect for kids to take with them to and from school or even on a road trip! There's also some great tips on how to use a sensory kit with your kids, which I highly recommend reading.

5. 4 Sensory Oriented Anxiety Kits for Kids from Every Star is Different - This mama has four special needs kids so she shares the four different calm down kits that she has made for her kids, including one that is perfect for princess loving kids!

6. Calm Down Kit with Free Printable Calming Strategy Cards from Mama. Papa. Bubba. - I love the book suggestions that are included in this homemade calm down kit.

7. Calm Down Bin for Sensory Meltdowns from My Mundane and Miraculous Life - This simple calm down bin has lots of great suggestions and uses things like play dough and sensory balls, which you can easily find at your local dollar stores.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for including our kit! I look forward to checking the others out to see what we should add to ours! PS Pinned this post for later! ;)

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