Sensory soothers aren't just for the sensitive superheroes- many children need more breaks, calm-down tools and safe places to share big feelings than our current world allows them. Here's some of our favs:
|Aqua motion: calming, distracting and something a child can
cup in their hand and focus on. Find them in educational
toy stores or Amazon
|Their favorite song! Mix up their movement by offering
a beloved tune, either unusually loud, quiet or in a
safe place where they can regroup
|Pocket bubbles: portable, magical and provides long
minutes of fun as a sort of treat
|Ocean waves nightlight: so soothing and unique, it sends
gentle waves across the ceiling and offers several sounds.
Easy to use, affordable and has a timer. A more relaxing
bedtime routine can be yours!
|Weighted blanket: to help them feel safe, protected and
cocooned into bed or couch as their body works to settle
|Matchbox cars: their wheels spin and you can use your imagination. Plus they are
one dollar when you're in a bind. What's not to like?
|Headphones: that fit comfortably for children and cut one of their senses
while the others are hard at work. Perfect for when they are feeling overwhelmed
or at crowded events.
|Kiddie countdown: an app on your phone that counts down with fun music
and a mysterious picture when the words "Two more minutes" are too much
for your kiddo. Everyone likes to know what to expect!
What are some of your kids' favorite things when life gets to be a bit much?