This is my all time, best list of stress reducing activities for anxious kids.
One of the best tips I have for parenting a child with anxiety is plan ahead.
Rather than letting the anxiety catch us both off guard (you would think I would know better after fifteen years, but I still react sometimes like my boys’ anxiety is a surprise) having strategies in place ahead of time, before the anxiety increases and the panic attack begins, can be the difference between a meltdown and a relaxing afternoon.
Planning ahead and finding ways to help decease our children’s anxiety, gives our kids (and let’s be honest, their moms) a sense of control that makes even the worst anxiety attack easier to handle.
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52 Weeks Of Easy For Mom Activities
Every Friday this year, I am sharing an easy on mom, hands-on activity in an effort to help make this type of learning more accessible for all of us.
I have already talked a bit about having a “stash” of fun, easy learning activities available for days when homeschooling goes bad. The same is true for helping my kids on days when stress seems to be a ruling force in our home.
Below are more than 40 ideas for activities that help decrease stress and reduce my boys’ anxiety.
An important caveat – not all of these activities work for all kids. Between my two boys alone, my oldest would never touch slime without gloves and my youngest is completely adverse to wearing headphones.
I pulled together this list in an effort to provide a variety of options for a variety of needs and sensory sensibilities.
I recommend picking one or two that you feel confident will work for your child, and keeping the ingredients on hand for when anxiety is increasing. For example, I know giant bubbles work for both of my boys, so my spice cabinet has everything we need for bubble making, right next to the Italian seasoning.
In an effort to help, here are my 40+ recommendations for activities that help reduce our kids’ anxiety.
Stress Reducing Activities for Anxious Kids
Make Slime (my all time favorite recipe) – Kara S. Anderson
Giant Bubbles – My Little Poppies
Flubber – Look! We’re Learning
Listen To An Audio Book
Velcro! – Joy In The Journey
Plant Seeds or Flowers in Backyard Pots
Listen to Music with Headphones
Take a Bath
Balloon Stress Balls
Treat Soap – Kids Activities Blog
Take A Brain Break – Rock Your Homeschool
Watch A Favorite Movie
Lemon and Eucalyptus Playdough – One Perfect Day
Go For A Bike Ride
Coloring Pages – Rock Your Homeschool
Jump on the Trampoline
Lemon Scented Cloud Dough – Lemon Lime Adventures.
Calming Construction Play – B-Inspired Mama
Gameschooling! – My Little Poppies
Lemon Playdough – Kids Activities Blog
Spice Painting – Raising Lifelong Learners
Vegetable Colored Playdough – From Playtivities
Stress Away Playdough – Love and Marriage
Walk the Dog (and/or yourself!)
Soothing Lavender Playdough – B-Inspired Mama
Chocolate Crafts (yes, chocolate!) – Look Were Learning
Take A Nature Walk and Gather Items of Interest
Scented Science – Lemon Lime Adventures
Activities for anxious kids can be hard to find. Luckily, my friend, Colleen, is an expert when it comes to parenting children with anxiety. She has an excellent new option to help!
With so many to choose from, I hope these activities bring a sense of calm and fun to your kiddos.
This post is part of an ongoing series, 5 Days Of Anxiety-Free Homeschooling.
Shawna Wingert is a former training and development professional turned education specialist, and has homeschooled her two children for the last ten years.Shawna has written four books about homeschooling unique learners and has been featured in homeschooling discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, Simple Homeschool, My Little Poppies and Raising Lifelong Leaners.
You can find her online here at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.