Does your child struggle with stress? There are many life stressors, both in the home and in the classroom. As a parent, there are resources and practices you can put into place that will teach young children how to redirect negative emotions into positive self-talk and behavior. Here are some of our favorite tools for redirecting stress into hands-on learning!
1. Tangle Therapy
Many times, learning challenges or peers can frustrate children. Tangle Therapy is the perfect tool for relieving stress as children twist textured surfaces into different shapes. It’s a useful aid for redirecting behavior as children exchange negative emotions for complete fascination:
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- Textured Tangle: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/91720/textured-tangle-set-of-3
2. Cooperative Board Games
Competition is another stressor to many young children. Instead of putting precedence on winning, cooperative board games promote cooperative play as children work together to beat the game. Children can work on social–emotional skills while building self-esteem at the same time! Choose from the cooperative board games below:
- Count Your Chickens: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/62322/count-your-chickens-cooperative-board-game?c=11%7CKTGM02
- Snug as a Bug in a Rug: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/27045/snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug-board-game
- Stack Up: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/31509/stack-up-board-game
3. Sing the Stress Away!
Singing is a creative stress reliever for children. Positive lyrics can reinforce positive self-talk and self-image while helping children develop concentration and memory to be ready to respond to learning opportunities. Learn more about focusing attention on the present moment with the Here, Now Know-How CD: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/20524/here-now-know-ho-cd
4. Present a Challenge
Finally, stress can be alleviated in children when they are presented with a different challenge so that focus is shifted away from their current stressor. The Swingy Thing Spinning Game is a hypnotic challenge that gets children’s minds working as they play either alone or together to beat the Swing Thing Spinning Game’s challenges!
- Swingy Thing Spinning Game: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/143692/swingy-thing-spinning-game?c=1%7CKTAP16
What do you do with your children to provide stress relief? Share with us by commenting below!