Calm Down Travel Bag

Sunday, January 22, 2012
We have our calm down box at home, but sometimes (okay, fairly often) my kids get upset when we're out. So, today I made a trip to the dollar store and bought a small jar, balloons, and Play Doh.

I made a small I Spy jar, which is the travel version of our calm down jar. I figure if they focus their minds on looking for things in the jar, it's the same as focusing on the swirling glitter. I just added some colored rice and a few little items to spy.

Then, I just had to make the cute little stress ball balloons I saw here. Just fill balloons with Play Doh and draw faces on them.  I made 2 for our calm down box at home, and 2 for the travel bag.

I put the small I spy jar, a stress balloon ball, and a small paper tablet inside a Ziploc bag and tossed the bag in my purse. Now I have tools to help my kids calm down no matter where we are.



  1. I love this idea so much. I just need to make a cute little bag for our now. I also made a calm down basket and wrote about it on my blog

  2. Thanks Meaghan! I posted your blog post on our facebook page today. :) Your blog looks so much like mine. Not this one, but my more personal one.

  3. Excellent ideas for young brains that are not mature enough to know how to handle all the emotions they feel! I will be sharing this post!


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