Calm Down Box (under $25)

I’ve seen calm down boxes all over Pinterest, so what makes this one so special? well, its under $25 and took about 10 minutes to get the supplies and put it together!

A calm down box is a great way to help calm a child, with activities and comfort items. It is a safe way for a child to calm themselves and feel in control. Calm down boxes work for all ages, and are an excellent way to direct a child’s energy into something safe and distracting.

I went to the closest dollar store, which happened to be under 5 minutes away. I started off by finding a box. The box I found looks a lot like a 80s arcade, or maybe outdated bus seats. But it works.

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My First Attempt: Rainbow Bubbles

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My first attempt at sensory play was sort of a fail and win at the same time. I originally thought that I would just stir bubbles in cups until I made enough. That proved not to work and I could only fill a small baggy with the bubbles I managed to make. I instead used a sink hose to make a lot of bubbles in a tub, then added food colouring. This was a lot easier and made a lot more bubbles. It gave us all a break from math and other school work which was much appreciated.