50 ways to improve wellbeing in the classroom

3-The calm down box

The calm down box is an tool in daily use in our classroom. It contains:

A taggy blanket to stroke and cuddle

A stress ball

An oil and water timer

A mirror to look at our expressions

A simple emotions book using photos and symbols

Ways to calm down- take 5 deep breaths etc


Any child who is feeling overwhelmed, angry or sad is encouraged to go to our calm down area and use the box. Children are praised for managing their own feelings and the aim of the box is to teach children ways to calm themselves down without needed adult intervention every time. Simple and quick to implement this idea works well for all ages and stages of development.