After school is your child overstimulated and overtired? Find simple, powerful activities and strategies to calm your child.

30+ Calming Kids Activities That Will Promote Peace in Your Household

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After school is your child overstimulated and overtired? Find simple, powerful activities and strategies to calm your child.


 

Back to school has come with a slew of intense emotions. At the end of August, my son started kindergarten. In the days leading up to the first day of school, he was quite sensitive. We did our best to explain what would happen at pick up and drop off, who of his friends would be in the school yard, and how well he would fare. Our daughter helped by telling him about special events like dressing up for Halloween and participating in the Christmas concert.

 

Related reading: Empowering Strategies for Parenting a Sensitive Child

 

The first day of school, he entered the gates to the schoolyard and made his way to his teacher beaming.

 

He was happy. We were proud.

 

Since the start of school, my kids have started their days cheerily. They’re excited about what each school day brings. But after school is a different story. Several evenings, either one or both my school-aged kids have come home completely exhausted and almost inconsolably emotional.

 

My number one strategy to prevent meltdowns is to get their blood sugar up right away.

 

Related reading: Why After School Meltdowns Happen and What you can do About Them

 

After school, another calming strategy I use is to plan for quiet time activities. Below you will find countless activities to help calm your child after an overstimulating day at school.

 

After school is your child overstimulated and overtired? Find simple, powerful activities and strategies to calm your child.

Activities to Calm Your Child After School

Puzzles

I can only find anecdotal evidence about why puzzles are calming. But I see the way my kids are quiet, focused, and calm when they do puzzles. You can read more about the benefits of puzzles here.

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Here are some of our favourites

Melissa and Doug 4 in 1 Wooden Puzzle in Storage Box

Ravensburger Disney: Finding Dory Glow in the Dark Puzzle

Ravensburger Secret Life of Pets Panorama Puzzle

 

Sensory play

If ever you’ve set up a container of cloud dough or made playdough with your kids, you will easily see how engrossed they become. There is an undeniable correlation between sensory activities and calmness. Here are some amazing sensory activities for kids to create and play with to promote self-regulation.

 

DIY Calm Down Squish Ball

Lavender Scented Play Dough

Dripping Slime Sensory Play

Homemade Sensory Kit for Calm Down Time

Lavender Soap Foam Sensory Play

Bug Discovery Sensory Bin

Nature Play Dough

A Year’s Worth of Sensory Bottles

Edible Pudding Slime

Squishy Squashy Sensory Balloon Games

Squishy Mermaid Sensory Bag

Fall Scented Play Dough

How to Make Stress Balls

 

After school is your child overstimulated and overtired? Find simple, powerful activities and strategies to calm your child. Play-based learning ways to promote self-regulation and calmness in kids.

Board games

Like puzzles, board games require focus and calm. Here are some simple board games that are great for younger children to have fun and unwind.

 

Here are some we recommend

Orchard Toys Shopping List Memory Game

Orchard Toys Bus Stop Board Game

Trouble Board Game

Paw Patrol Matching Memory Board Game

 

Colouring

Colouring has the potential “…to reduce anxiety, create focus, or bring about [m0re] mindfulness.” – MaryGrace Berberian, art therapist and assistant professor.

 

Here are some great “Mommy and Me” colouring pages

Calming Activities Including Mandala Coloring

Rainbow Colouring Activity Pack

Together: A Mommy and Me Coloring Book

Mommy and Me Easter Egg Coloring

 

Additional resources to calm your child

Anti-Anxiety Kit for Kids

Jar Full of Feelings: Sensory Regulation Activity

One Simple Trick to Calm an Overstimulated Child

Children’s Music for Rest and Relaxation

Calming Eye Pillows for the Anxious Child

Calming the Angry Child: Positive Parenting Strategies that Work

Why Saying Calm Down to your Kids Doesn’t Actually Work and What to do Instead

Emotional Coping Strategies for Young Kids

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “30+ Calming Kids Activities That Will Promote Peace in Your Household

  1. Hi Alana, my friends and I keep voting for you on Top Mommy Blogs but it is not registering. It is registering for Melissa’s blog and Mama By Fire. Currently we are only voting for the 3 of you. Thanks Dianne

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