Finding the right calm down toys for toddlers is key to resolving tantrums and meltdowns as well as preventing them in the first place.
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Ease Anxiety, Reduce Tantrums Using Calm Down Toys for Toddlers
We’ve all been there. We’re out in public, or trying to make a phone call at home. And the toddler is melting down. It’s a miserable experience, and while these toys are not foolproof, they can help. Better yet, use them to prevent the tantrum all together!
Sensory Calm Down Toys
Sensory toys like kinetic sand are amazing for helping toddlers calm down. You can also use regular play sand, but we prefer kinetic sand because it makes less of a mess. It also allows children to create more complex structures, like they might using wet beach sand.
Silicone bubble popper fidget toys are incredibly popular right now! Parents love that they make no mess whatsoever. Buy one in your child’s favorite color or shape.
Fun tip: bubble wrap also works well! Supervise toddlers so they don’t put it in their mouths.
Dyed rice makes a wonderful DIY sensory toy for toddlers. Learn how to dye rice at home.
Focus Toys for Toddlers
Focusing gets your toddler’s logical mind functioning again when they are in meltdown mode. Add pasta trips to a traditional lacing toy for added sensory input and an additional fine motor challenge.
Make your own focus toys at home by painting squares on a shoebox and asking your child to match them with colored craft sticks. Make this color matching file folder game, or this color matching paper plate activity.
Don’t forget, books make wonderful calm down toys for toddlers. Try these sweet bedtime stories for toddlers as a starter.
Calming Pretend Play Toys
Pretend play develops creativity, which then fosters resilience! Pretend play also gets kids focused and thinking instead of melting down, making it a wonderful calm down idea for toddlers.
What calm down toys would you add to this toddler activity idea list?