What is a Mindfulness Basket?
Mindfulness, Calming, or Calm Down Baskets are boxes, containers, or baskets that hold various items that are used for calming and regulating. The basket is a tool that helps with grounding and relaxation, so it can be used as a regular mindfulness practice. It’s also particularly helpful with soothing upset feelings.
How to Use it
If your child is feeling sad, disconnected, frustrated, or otherwise dysregulated, first offer your presence and connection. When she begins to settle, invite her to explore the contents of the Mindfulness Basket with you to see if there’s something that draws her attention.
If your child is too upset to connect with any of the items in the basket, continue to stay close, offering soothing words of empathy and reassurance. When he’s ready, invite him to choose something from the basket that appeals to him.