A soothing box can help your child feel safe, relaxed and grounded. The box should contain items that are fun to touch, see, listen to, taste, smell or move about.
Playing with these objects will help stimulate your child’s senses. It can help them learn to how to notice, name and manage their emotions.
You can make a soothing box from a shoe box, storage box or container. Spend some time together decorating the box with paint or craft materials to make it special.
Think about what items to put in the soothing box. Be playful in how you explore what makes your child feel relaxed. For example:
Learning what your child responds to means their box will be individual to them.
Try different items to see how your child responds and what helps them feel calmer. Make sure the items you choose are safe for your child’s age. You could try:
Encourage your child to practise exploring the items in their soothing box when they’re calm. Have your soothing box in a handy place, that is easy to get to when you need it.
With time, your child can start using their soothing box when they’re upset. Prompt them to explore their box during these moments. If you want, join in with using the items inside. Together, you’ll get to know which objects help soothe your child.
When your child is calm, reflect on what worked and how they feel now. This will help them understand their emotions and what helps them to manage them.
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