Do you have a calm down box?
Our ABA practitioner suggested we make a calm down box a while ago. I always meant to, but never got around to it because… life. We started having issues at church, and a calm down box became an obvious answer. Until now, I’ve had a make-shift Ziploc bag of whatever. With my “Things to know about” sheet.
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You can download that sheet here:
I knew I needed to get something together, so I stopped by Dollar Tree this week to see what they had. I found a good selection of items, and put my whole box together for less than $10.
What’s in our Calm Down box?
- First, the box itself (in the toolbox section)
- Sensory ball
- Squishy toy
- Colored pens
- Metallic sharpies
Cheap Sensory balls for your Calm Down box
I saw the dollar tree had “floral gel beads” in the flower section and some cute smiley balloons, so I decided to make a ball and share a tutorial with you. Read on for the steps with each photo or watch the YouTube video below! You may also want to download the free “Things to Know About _____” to tuck inside if you’ll be bringing it to leave with sitters or other childcare providers.
More ideas for what to add
I like these for a calm down box as well. We’ve previously purchased the tangle to add to ours, and the timer is next! I had one as a kid and would watch it for hours. It’s definitely calming.
EDsports 12 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys Set-Bike Chain,Marble Fidget Toys,Rainbow Magic Sensory Ring and Fidget Toy | Soft, Flexible Ring and Rubber Spikes | Helps Reduce StressSpiky Sensory Balls (Pack of 5) – Squeezy and Bouncy Fidget Toys / Sensory Toys – BPA/Phthalate/Tangle Jr. Brain Tools Classic Sensory Fidget Toy, 3 Pack, Carnival, Orange Yellow Green, Light Blue Red YellowLiquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Tangle Jr. Hairy Sensory Fidget Toy, Green Red Orange YellowSpinners by IN Global Inc NK690721 Cubed Finger Toy Stress Reducer Fidget
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