Whether you have little wiggle worms who have a hard time sitting still
and/or concentrating OR students with low energy who tire easily, these movement cards and calm down cards are for you!!! Help children self-regulate while moving (gross and fine motor activities).
For some students it is important to have set movement or calming breaks built into their daily routine to set them up for success. Others can use them on an as needed basis. They can be used with the whole class, small groups, or individual students.
The backs of the movement cards are in green, the calming cards are in blue and cards that can serve both purposes are half green and half blue. With that said, what might be relaxing for one child might be stimulating for another, so this product is designed to be customized for each child’s needs.
These Movement & Calming Break cards are designed to help students:
*develop core strength;
*attend to academic tasks;
*calm their nervous systems;
* improve concentration/focus;
*with motor planning;
*sit still for longer periods of time.
Most children love to get up and move. We know how important that is for health and general well being. Our goal is to empower little ones to learn what their bodies need and to provide them the tools to self-regulate and stay healthy. These break cards are designed to help regulate both over-arousal and under-arousal. They are great for all children, including those with ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and sensory processing difficulties.
These cards do not require the assistance of a teacher or classmates. They can help students during transition times, returning from recess, when they are required to be in a class meeting, on rainy days…. When a student begins to become disregulated, they help a child return to equilibrium. Our goal is to help students feel calm and confident, so they can maximize access to academic curriculum and social relationships.
Included in the download:
40 break cards - fronts and backs 4.3 by 6.3inches
(23 get moving cards, 11 calming down cards & 6 cards that serve both purposes)
Easy to print smaller set of cards 2.75 by 4 inches
How product works:
Each card has a picture of a child completing the given activity as well as written instructions. Each card also has a key animal so nonreaders can begin to associate the animal with the activity. On the back there are the words “mission completed” and the animal so the teacher/parent and students can easily assess progress at a glance.
All these activities are designed to be done without additional materials.
For whole class use, print the individual cards so they are larger and easily visible to the group.
For individual students or small groups, glue the front and back sheets together, cut out and laminate. Make sure to leave an edge when laminating, so the laminate is sealed. Then with a Vis A Vis (wet erase marker) you can add details such as repetitions, time,…if you wish. The writing will easily wipe off with a baby wipe or slightly damp paper towel.
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This product is for your own personal use. You may print, copy and change it for use in your own classroom or home. If you think a colleague or friend would like it, please send them to my TPT page. Copying or changing and using for commercial purposes is strictly forbidden without written permission from Excited2Learn. Copying any of this product and placing on the internet in any form is strictly forbidden and will be in violation of the digital Millennium copyright Act (DMCA).
As my favorite quote states: “When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it's our job to share our calm, not to join their chaos.” - L.R. Knost
These cards are designed to do exactly that! I hope you find them extremely helpful & fun for the children!
Thanks - Amanda