The Easiest Calm Corner Tool You’ll Ever Use

Calm corners or break spots are a great addition to any classroom or counseling office to provide students with a space to calm down or self-regulate when they need to. But how can you set up a calm corner to make things easy for students (and you)? I needed a calm corner tool that didn’t take up much space and wouldn’t require me to spend a lot of time hanging a bunch of pieces or cards on the wall. I also wanted something easy to move in case my room is moved next year or if I need to rearrange my room at any point. Keep reading for calm corner ideas that worked for me and can work for you too!

Are you setting up a calm corner and looking for calm corner ideas? This is the easiest calm corner tool you'll ever use! You'll love these calm corner printables for your calm down area in your classroom. These are great for school counseling self regulation tools or classroom calm down areas.

Calm Corner Ideas:

If you’re low on wall space like I am, grab a file folder and you’re all set. In my calm corner folder, everything is laminated for easy use and re-use. I just clip the folder on a clipboard and hang it on the wall with a 3M hook.

Clue in to body and thoughts

On the top section of the inside of the file folder, I have a blank body outline and thought bubble where students can label their physiological feelings and write their thoughts. Then, they use this information to choose an emotion. Also on the top section of the folder are emotion choice cards. These are attached with Velcro dots so students can simply choose the one that best represents how they are feeling and move it to the “Right now I feel” section. 

Are you setting up a calm corner and looking for calm corner ideas? This is the easiest calm corner tool you'll ever use! You'll love these calm corner printables for your calm down area in your classroom. These are great for school counseling self regulation tools or classroom calm down areas.

Choose strategies

After students have clued into their bodies and thoughts and identified their emotions, they can move to the bottom section of the folder. On this section, students can choose from 16 calming strategies.  I include tangible things like a glitter bottle or stress ball as well as individual actions like controlled breathing or stretching/yoga. Students can pick up to the three strategies to use to regulate their emotions. These are also attached with Velcro dots so that students can move them to the “To help myself feel better, I can use” section. 

Then, students utilize the strategies they have chosen with materials from your calming corner. You can include a crate of items such as stuffed animals, glitter bottles, squishy balls, and bubble wrap. You can also make available blank or lined paper for journaling and mandalas or coloring pages for peaceful or Zen coloring. I bought a great set of sensory items on Amazon that I keep in my calm corner. This is an affiliate link to Amazon to check it out:

Are you setting up a calm corner and looking for calm corner ideas? This is the easiest calm corner tool you'll ever use! You'll love these calm corner printables for your calm down area in your classroom. These are great for school counseling self regulation tools or classroom calm down areas.

Check-in and re-evaluate

When they’re done, your students can re-evaluate their body clues and thoughts and choose another emotion. They might also find that they aren’t feeling better yet and need to try another strategy. They can use the easy Velcro emotions and strategy cards to try again if they need to.

Why I love it

What I love about this calm corner folder is that it doesn’t take up much space and it’s easy to move and use! I can also make them for individual students to use and keep with them to use in other classes. To assemble the whole folder, it took me about 20 minutes. All I had to do was print, laminate, cut out, and assemble with Velcro. Putting it on a clipboard also made it super simple because I didn’t have to align and hang a bunch of emotion or strategy cards on the wall only to have to move them if I get relocated! Because of the size, it’s discreet. My older students aren’t hesitant to use it for fear that others are watching them. 

Looking for More Calm Corner Ideas?

If you have the space for a more involved calm corner, you’ll love this sports-themed calm corner that I set up! It’s great to use with elementary students and walks them through the 5-part process of using the calm corner.

Are you setting up a calm corner and looking for calm corner ideas? This is the easiest calm corner tool you'll ever use! You'll love these calm corner printables for your calm down area in your classroom. These are great for school counseling self regulation tools or classroom calm down areas.

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