These calming strategy cards were created to help children manage their own anger. Simply look through the cards with your child, asking them to choose the strategies they’d like to try. Hole punch the corners and put them together on a ring, or put the cards up on a board where your child can see them easily.
Add more cards or take them away as your child decides what works best for them. Different situations and different levels of anger may call for different strategies, so developing a range of helpful ideas will give your child more tools in their emotional toolbox.
YOU CAN FIND A SPANISH VERSION HERE.
There are 185 color cards and 185 black and white cards suitable for both US and UK English.
Any blank cards are editable. Simply place your cursor where the word would be on the card and type your own strategy. Then draw a representative picture.
The following strategies are included:
To slow breathing
: blow a balloon, blow bubbles, blow softly, greathe, count, drink, hiss like a snake, sing a song, sing the ABC song, stop, wash face, wash hands.
: cry, happy thoughts, how do I feel?, journal, laugh, my face, say, ‘I’m angry’, think.
: be a pretzel, crouch, go outside, hide, quiet place, relax, robot/flop, strap into seatbelt, squeeze, take a bath, take a shower, walk away, weighted blanket.
Gross Motor / Big Muscles
: ballet, basketball, bounce, bowling, dance, dress up, exercise, exercise video, hide and seek, hula hoop, jump, jump rope, jump (trampoline), karate, kick, kick a ball, lift, mini golf, punch a pillow, push, rap, ride a bike, ride a tricycle, roll, run, scooter, skateboard, sit on a ball, soccer, spin, stretch, swing, throw a ball, throw a beanbag, tug on a rope, twister, walk, wheelbarrow, yoga.
: call someone, chat with a friend, chat via walkie talkie, hug a friend, pray, send a text, Skype someone, write a letter.
: carry, clean, dig, knead dough, mop, rake leaves, scrub, shovel snow, sweep, tug on a rope, vacuum, wear a backpack.
Fine motor / small muscles
: board game, build a tower, chalk, cut, design something, dominoes, draw, experiment, four in a row, ice cakes, knit, legos, make a video, make a necklace, make cookies, measure objects, origami, paint, play an instrument, play cards, play dough, play with blocks, play with magnets, pottery, puppet play, scan codes, sewing, shaving cream, SMART board, SMART table, squeeze, stamp, take a photo, tic tac toe, toy play, use a computer, use an iPad, water play, wear a disguise, weigh objects, wood work.
Be a helper
: carry snacks, dust, feed a pet, make your bed, pass books, pass a message, take out trash, walk the dog, wash the car, wash the dog, water plants, wipe the table.
: chew candy, chew gum, do a taste test, suck ice.
: aromatherapy, do a smell test, scent.
: close eyes and ears, happy photo, read a book.
: bells, listen to a shell, listen to iPod, listen to music, noise-cancelling headphones, play a drum, rainstick, sing/hum, What sounds can you hear?.
: brush hair/skin, feel a breeze, fidget, hug a bear, pat a pet, take a bath, take a shower, textures.
Click here for the blog post Anger Management: How to calm an angry child
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