At one point we were busy with a sensory integration (SI) therapist to learn some tools that would help bring some calm to a busy little mind and body. One of the things that stuck as a calming tool is the ‘bucket of bubbles’. It is something that works for my eldest – at least for a little while.
You need a bucket with some water and a few drops of washing-up liquid squeezed into it. Hand over a long straw to your HSC (mine was given the longest straw I have ever seen by the SI therapist at the time but I have no idea where it came from – we just make a long straw ourselves by fitting five or six regular sized straws into each other) and let them blow through it in the bucket.
The idea is to fill (and if you don’t mind the mess then even overflow) the bucket with bubbles but in a calm, gentle manner, with the focus on long, calm breaths out in to the straw. If your child is bright red and panting for breath it’s not going well……
This is a great way to get a child to shake off the day, calm down in the process and clear out their head. It gets them to focus and they concentrate on their breathing. Just after school, or at lunchtime if your children come home like mine do, works well – or any point you can see your child heading for Angerland or the Land of Frustration…….
Over to you: Have you tried this in your home? What other calming tools do you use to avoid a meltdown?