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A short activity to do with your toddler to teach self-regulation

What You Need:

None

What To Do:


  1. Show your child how to hold up 5 fingers. Say, “These are my five candles. We are going to blow them out one at a time.”

  2. Blow out slowly, curling one finger down at each breath.

  3. *Teach this activity at a time when the toddler is calm. After she learns the steps, use this strategy to help her regulate her emotions when she is upset.


Variation: Pretend to blow up a balloon together by cupping your hands together and holding it in front of your mouth. Take a deep breath and expand your hands as you blow. Repeat 3x until your balloon is completely inflated.

Adapted from https://connectability.ca/2010/09/23/calming-strategies-to-use-with-children/