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Learning to self-regulate our Zones is hard, serious work that takes time and lots of practice. Tools to Try Cards for Kids includes tool cards (10cm x 15cm) and is an easy, user-friendly way to introduce over 50 self-regulation strategies to kids ages 5–10 and empower them to make choices toward figuring out what works best for them. For best teaching practice, the strategy card deck should be used in tandem with lessons introducing tools for use from Chapter 4 in the Zones of Regulation curriculum book, as well as paired with other related products, such as Navigating The Zones.
What’s in the Tools to Try for Kids strategy deck?
Housed in a sturdy two-piece cardboard box, the card deck includes 51 strategy cards (10cm x 15cm) and information and instruction cards (7) for the interventionist and weighs just 0.28kg. The two-sided strategy cards are divided into five colour-coded categories to show how the tools work in different ways to help social-emotional learners self-regulate feelings and emotions:
- FEEL IT: These tools use our senses to support self-regulation and modulation
- MOVE IT: These tools integrate physical activity to impact self-regulation and reduce anxiety
- THINK IT: These tools provide thought-based strategies to help us self-regulate. DO IT Task and goal-oriented tools involve taking action
- DO IT: Task and goal-oriented tools involve taking action
- CONNECT: Co-regulation tools encourage empathy, thinking of others, and accessing relationships for support
Each strategy card displays an illustration of the self-regulation tool performed by inclusive characters on one side and a how-to-do-it description on the reverse. Each card includes a metacognitive self-reflection where kids consider how they feel after using the tool, how it can be used to help them regulate their Zones, and decide whether it’s the right tool for them.
Ages: Ideally suited for ages 5-10
Format: 51 Cards (10cm x 15cm)
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