I don’t know about you, but I’ve read a TON of information recently about how time outs are teaching kids to hide their feelings and that having emotions are not okay. But I also have a toddler who sometimes hits when he doesn’t get his way. And he needs to be removed from that situation so other kids don’t get hurt, meaning, he gets a time out. One of my biggest goals is to be the person my kids come to when they need help. If they make a mistake I want them to come to me with it and know that I will help them get through it, no matter what it was. So how do you put those 2 things together without allowing toddler tantrums all the time?
Check out these easy DIY crafts that work for any mom (even if you aren’t overly crafty!) to calm down those dreadful toddler tantrums!
Easy diy crafts to calm down toddler tantrums
If you know anything about me, you know I like quick and easy. With 2 toddlers running around I can’t do much that gets me super involved. So this glittery ocean in a bottle is the perfect calm down craft for me. It only takes a few ingredients, most of which I had already, and a few minutes to make. And quite honestly, it is FUN to watch it swirl.
But you know what is even better than watching the glitter and sea critters in the bottle?
Being able to put a simple end to a toddler tantrum before talking about the negative behavior, whatever it may have been this time. It makes the redirection and any consequences much more effective and easier to handle after a few minutes of calm down time!
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This is a super creative craft that is easy for kids to help with. And, you guessed it! You probably have a lot of things you can use for it laying around the house. (Seriously. Easy is important to me!)
Making this calm down glow jar can be something that is a fun activity to do with your toddler and they will be able to enjoy it when it glows in the dark as well. Each one can be personalized to your toddler’s favorite character or animal, or whatever they are into at the moment. So when they start to get upset, they can find comfort in the familiarity of the jar, the soft glow, and the figurine inside of it.
Use this easy DIY craft to calm down a toddler tantrum by placing it in their safe space.
Unicorns are very trendy right now, and I don’t know if it is going to go away anytime soon. But it would be just as easy to do dinosaurs, mermaids, or any other theme your toddler will enjoy!
This is really easy to make and your kids can have lots of fun helping you with it!
This is a great thing to play with as a positive reward or to use as a calm down technique. The texture and sensory experience from slime can help your child get through their toddler tantrum and refocus their mind and energy on something else. Then you can move on to talking about how to react to the situation that set them off.
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There are tons of glitter calm down jars. It is very popular right now. And I’ll be honest, it doesn’t work for all kids. But what I like about the idea is this.
It works as a timer for a time out. When my toddler hits and needs to be removed from the situation, I can shake this up and set it in front of him. He may not be interested in the glitter to start, but by the time it is settling, he is usually chilling out and watching it. Or shaking it all up again!
What I love about this specific set of instructions is that she uses a high-quality plastic bottle and not glass. So leaks are unlikely and she helps you avoid the possibility of broken glass all over the place if it slips out of little hands that are shaking it.
This DIY craft is a little bit different than the others on this list, but can be great for toddler tantrum calm down if you use it in creative ways.
I like to use this in 2 different ways. The first is to use it as positive reinforcement. If we have a good day, you get a bath fizzie after dinner. It helps them have something to look forward to. Not only the fizzing, but also the fun little surprise inside!
The second way is that we can use it over the sink either by running the faucet and letting them hold it under the water or filling up some water and letting them watch it fizz. Both can help them refocus their energy on something productive until I am able to talk with them about correcting the unwanted behavior.
For this reason, I like to have some with and some without toys inside. If it is used as a calm down technique for a toddler tantrum, they don’t get a toy as a reward for misbehaving.
I wanted to include this other post of mine here because I think it is incredibly helpful for toddlers to be able to begin understanding their emotions. These little printable puppets are FREE on the author’s website. I love them because they put a visual to what a feeling looks like and allow kids to identify them in a simple and fun way.
The book is What If I Know My Feelings? and it includes simple ideas that are great for young kids to use to channel their emotions in a positive way. It is approachable for toddlers and elementary aged kids and a great way to really get on their level about the topic of emotions and feelings.
Help your child calm down and end toddler tantrums
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