How to Create a Calm Down Corner

At home or in the classroom, a calm down corner can deliver sanity for you and the kids you love.

A calm down corner is a thoughtfully created space designed to regulate big emotions and soothe sensory overwhelm. Your calm down corner doesn't have to be fancy, it just needs to be comfortable and include a few key items. 

Calm down corners are great for after-school grumpy moods, before bedtime, or to start the day. You can create one that caters to any age - even middle and high schoolers benefit from a calm down space. 

What to put in a calm down corner

The point of a calm down corner is to help regulate the sensory systems, which includes vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile input. You will need at least one item to address each of these areas. 

Here are our ideas for a great and effective calm down corner:


Money-Saving Tip

Focus on one or two high-quality, durable items, such as a well-made weighted stuffed animal or blanket, that will last a long time. That way, your child learns to rely on an object create a healthy long-term habit.

Complete your calm down corner with an array of lower-priced fidgets, lighting, quiet activities, etc.


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