Calm down strategies can set your child up for a lifetime of mental health strategies
....so build a calm down bin or 2. Now, here is the tricky, part of putting it together.... It's different for every child.
Here are some items that I have used at home and also in my classroom. When adding an item, I always introduce it and we use it all together to practice. Breathing exercises, yoga pose cards, favorite books or books about strong emotions, favorite essential oil in a roller or cotton balls in small containers, and/or some building materials like blocks or puzzles. My daughter's favorite things to do when she's upset are yoga poses, listen to music, or look out her window. My son really loves doing breathing exercises, a puzzle, or building legos and magna tiles. As they get older, these items change and they will be able to learn more about choosing their own strategies.