We have been having a few problems with anger around here recently,
so we made a calm-down-basket.
Inside our basket are quite a few short books, (No more than 5 minutes.)
some books about feelings, (including “Mad isn’t Bad” , “Hands are Not for Hitting” and “All Kinds of Feelings” )
a bell, the Mind Jar ,a mandala colouring book, a candle to light and a jar full of
calm down tasks.
When someone gets angry they have to take a suggestion from the calm down jar.
On the bits of paper we have written these suggestions to help the little ones calm down and avoid an argument:
Take 10 deep
Close your eyes and
Think of a
Think of your
Sit in lotus
Can you do
Light a candle
(with mamas help) .
Let’s put oil into
the oil burner.
Have a cup
Sit down and listen to
some relaxing music.
Let’s read a story from
the calm basket.
Draw a picture of
Time to play with
the rice box!
Do a puzzle.
Draw a picture of your
favourite ice cream.
Light an incense stick
and sit calmly while it
Colour in a mandala.
So far it has been working really well,
especially the Rice Box is a huge hit.
It’s a wooden box filled with rice.
We mixed a teaspoon of Lavender essential oil into it,
dropped a few shiny marbles, stones and seaglass inside,
added a bamboo stick to stir the rice and look for all the hidden loveliness.
We will continue to add things to our calm basket ,
but for now it is actually going very well and we have already avoided many arguments.
Give it a try!