The Big Idea: In challenging moments, children can learn to handle their emotions. Instead of letting their feelings out with difficult behavior, show them how to slow down, stay calm, and make a plan.
- Print the Breathe, Think, Do cards and invite kids to color them.
- Share an example of a problem kids might face, such as another child playing with the same toy they want to play with.
- Hold up each card and explain: “When you have a problem, first stop and breathe. Put your hands on your belly and take three slow, deep breaths—in through your nose and out through your mouth. Then think about a plan to solve your problem.” Ask kids to share some ideas about what they could do to solve the problem you explained. Then say, “Now do it! Try out your plan.” Kids can act out their idea. Let kids know that even if their first plan doesn’t work, they can always try again with a new plan.