CALMING EXERCISES FOR KIDS: Free Mindfulness + Problem Solving Activities


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Download our free sample package of calming exercises for kids.   This social emotional learning resource includes mindfulness and problem solving activities.

In particular, we’ve included the 5-4-3–2-1 Grounding activity.  This poster invites kids to take mindful breaths as they zoom in on 5 things they can see, 4 things they can feel, 3 things they can hear, 2 things they can smell, and 1 thing they can taste.

Next is a visualization exercise called “A Peaceful Place in Nature.”  This activity guides children to imagine or draw a calming and safe place outdoors.  It could be a place you have been to before.  Or perhaps a place you have seen in pictures of.  Such as the mountains, beach, river, lake or park.

Lastly, there’s a poster entitled “Solution-Seeking?”. This free pdf includes prompts that encourage kids to consider different possibilities and resources they can use when faced with a challenge.

The calming exercises for kids featured in this pack are inspired by our larger  Calm Kids Activity Book. Filled with more than 100 interventions that promote self-awareness, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and social emotional learning.  Best of all, it’s a great classroom management tool, too!



Whole Hearted School Counselor does it again! Simple, wonderful posters. These are so great to put in classrooms and also have in my room (I’m a school counselor). For independent students they can refer to them, and for students still learning about calming strategies, it’s a great teaching tool that you can leave with the teacher to continue to reinforce and have in their classroom.

-Alice M.

May 1, 2021, TPT Review 



I loved this free download. Will be purchasing the while resource. Easy to share with my students. Easy quick sheets for students to take with them. I tell my students to have these posters in their folders or learning areas as reminders of when they can do when feeling uncomfortable about something.

-Evelyn S.

March 19, 2021, TPT Review



My students struggle with calm-down strategies this year, and having these kid-friendly posters are PERFECT for my kiddos! Thank you!

-Larissa M.

September 18, 2021, TPT Review