Calming Skills for Young Children

We are all feeling anxious and stressed these days. As adults, we have many ways to cope with our anxiety. Kids often have a tougher time dealing with their emotions.

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Here are a few helpful calming skills every child can practice when they are feeling anxious.

  • 1 > Imagine your favourite place

  • 2 > Deep breathing with a stuffed animal

  • 3 > Picture the people you care about

  • 4 > Think of your favourite things

  • 5 > Positive self-talk

  • 6 > Take a drink of water

  • 7 > Take a short walk

  • 8 > Recite the alphabet slowly

  • 9 > Run water over your hands

  • 10 > Make a fist then release it

Calming Skills for kids

Good resources

Need more ideas on how to help your child self-soothe and calm themselves. These books are great to add to your library.

Calm Mindfulness for Kids

Teach your kids how to focus their thoughts and notice the world around them with this fun mindfulness kids activity book.

.Calm Mindfulness for kids

Breathe like a Bear

Breathe Like a Bear is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions.

.Breathe like a Bear

The Mindfulness Journal for Kids 

Short and sweet prompts and activities kids can do in just a few minutes, anytime and anywhere.

.Mindfulness Journal for Kids

.Calming Skills for young children

I’d like to know, which of the above calming skills work best for your child?


  1. Thanks for the great tips! I wish I would have had them when my kids were little. Good to know, though, for dealing with my grandchildren.

  2. Great tips, I feel sorry for the young kids, they don’t understand what’s going on and why they can’t see or play with their friends, my grandchildren are really struggling right now, all they want to do is go back to school and be in their classroom with their teacher and classmates

  3. These are great tips. Even if as a parent you can remember one of these recommendations, it will help both you and your child!

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