Student Anxiety Relief: Part 5 of 5, Everything Else

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Student Anxiety Relief

This post, Part Five of my series on Student Anxiety Relief, was supposed to be about water beads. I’m still going to say that for a short while, having the bucket of water beads nearby was helpful in keeping my kiddos calm and focused on their work. Where they would normally have been fretting over every math problem they were busy doing their work with one hand in the bucket.

The reason this post isn’t all about water beads? Because when these buckets get dumped across a kitchen floor by a 2 year old… it causes mom MUCH ANXIETY. There is no stress relief in watching a thousand bouncing balls of water scatter across your floor, under the fridge, and under the stove.

Water Bead Fun

Instead, I’m going to quickly share with you some simpler ways of anxiety relief that we use in our school room:

What are some of your teacher tricks to help your kids stay calm and focused during the school day?

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Did you miss the first four in the series? Check them out here –> Chaos Appreciation’s Five Part Series on Student Anxiety Relief

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Student Anxiety Relief: Part 4 of 5- DIY Rain Sticks

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This is part four of our series on Student Anxiety Relief. This week we’re making another simple craft that can be used as a tool at the table to help sooth the anxious student. We actually own a big rain stick but it’s a tad bulky for the kitchen table and there is only one. With a few simple things we had lying around the house. Our almost a third grader enjoyed listening to the “rain” almost as much as she enjoyed covering it in little white hearts!

DIY Rain Sticks

Supplies

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  • Tube (I had a mailing tube but you can also use a paper towel roll or cut up a wrapping paper tube)
  • noodles (ours were chicken soup egg noodles)
  • “rain”: any small-grained food like quinoa, barley, steel-cut oats
  • skewers (not shown, because I added them later after our first failure)

Directions

  1. Loosely fill the tube 1/3rd of the way with noodles.
  2. Add three skewers, crossing each other.
  3. Gently add more noodles, fill to the top.
  4. Add grains, multiple sizes and types if possible. Amount is dependent upon the size of your tube. We used approximately 1/4 cup of each.
  5. Cap tube, seal with tape and decorate!

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Check out more DIY Rain Stick ideas on my “For the Schoolhouse” Pinterest Board. I found some that used nails and several that used toothpicks.

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Student Anxiety Relief: Part 3 of 5, Lava Bottles

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Last fall, when I began taking my daughters to the counseling sessions, I couldn’t help but notice how my kids loved the little oil and water drip thingys the doctor had in her office. If we ever needed a few minutes to talk, doctor lady would pull on of them out, flip it over, and quiet would fall on the room.

They would stare at it,in near silence, and watch the little bubbles of oil drop. It was awesome.

Trying to take advantage of this discovery, I purchased a couple cheap lava lamps to be used as night light’s in my girls’ rooms. It’s a good thing I remembered they needed to warm up for hours or we would have NEVER made it to bedtime. My oldest still has issues getting settled, but it has provided something soothing for my smaller ones to stare at when they are trying to fall asleep.

Since I refuse to unplug them, bring them downstairs, and plug them into an extension cord at the kitchen table, I figured I better find a way to make the effect portable. Thanks to a very popular science project from Steve Spangler Science, and a ton of blog posts with different variations of it, we made homemade lava lamps!

**I love this post where Bird and Little Bird make theirs out of mason jars…who doesn’t love a mason jar craft?**

DIY Lava Lamps

Supplies

Lava Jar Supplies

  • Clean plastic bottle or glass jar
  • Cap for bottle or jar
  • Vegetable oil, or mineral oil
  • Food Coloring
  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Water
  • Flashlight (optional)

Directions

  1. Fill bottle/jar 3/4 full with vegetable oil or mineral oil. Adding Water
  2. Add water until full but not overflowing. Notice how the oil and water don’t mix? Oil and Water don't mix
  3. Add food coloring to your liking. See how the food coloring only colors the water? Adding Food Coloring
  4. Break up your Alka-Seltzer tablet into several pieces.
  5. Drop a piece of your tablet into the bottle/jar and watch what happens. When the bubbles stop, simply add a new piece of tablet.Lava
  6. Dual Purpose Alert! When you’re ready, cap the bottle or jar and lay it on it’s side. You can now sway it back and forth to create ocean waves!

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