Calm Down Cards PDF (ages 2-10)


Dandy distraction creates a positive reaction!

Are your child's BIG emotions overtaking the house? Do you feel like you're walking on eggs shells?

Does something as simple as turning off Sponge Bob, because it's time to leave for school, turn your little bundle of joy into the Incredible Hulk?

Instead of begging and pleading for the next 20 minutes, saying phrases such as "it's not the end of the world," imagine pulling a calm down card from your magical basket, and in less than 30 seconds, the Incredible Hulk disappeared and your loving child reappeared?

No brainer.

Introducing: Your new bestie. The all-mighty - Calm Down Cards.

What if, instead of saying, "Do as I say or else," you said, "Hey kiddo, I know you're upset right now, but our magic calm down card says we must flutter like butterflies to the car."

Which do you think will heed a more positive reaction?

Your child will forget all about the end of the world event transpiring and refocus on this fun new challenge.

Here's the thing:

Distraction is powerful.

It's so powerful because young kids ARE NOT reasonable. I see you nodding along. In fact, I'd dare say they are some of the most UNREASONABLE people in the world. But it's not their fault, their brains aren't fully grown yet, and at certain ages, they simply CAN NOT calm down or reason.

That is why distraction is your best friend.

And that's why these calm down cards are so amazing. This is powerful play therapy that sprinkles fun and learning in, to help your angry, anxious, or upset child feel more in control each and every day.

Break the tension of ANY stressful moment with any of these 40 quick distraction cards.

Take a few minutes, have some fun, and then you can all get on with having a magical day.

Instructions for Use

  • Download
  • Print (card stock is best but any paper will do), laminate if you can
  • When you notice your child is getting agitated or overwhelmed, ask them to pull a card (we pull 3) and do the fun activity listed.

Note: I recommend using the cards before your child has erupted into full-on meltdown mode.

These cards work best when you notice your child is:

  • Agitated
  • Upset
  • Sad
  • Silly
  • Overstimulated
  • Anxious
  • Angry
  • Tired

These cards are also wonderful resources for kids who have ADHD, are on the autism spectrum, battling sensory processing disorder, or even ODD. They are also great for spirited kids, or any child that has trouble calming down.

This is a digital product. Nothing will be mailed.

If you purchased a digital product, please note:

  • If you purchased a digital product. Nothing will be mailed.
  • US letter page size (fits into a three-ring binder) 
  • High printing quality and bright colors. 
  • There are no refunds or returns on digital products.
  • Each license (purchase) on digital products is valid for one person. These resources are for non-commercial use only. This PDF file may not be distributed for free or for any form of compensation.

If you would like to use these digital kits as part of a practice you charge for, you must purchase a professional license. Please reach out to for more information.


For charts and cards I recommend printing on thick stock paper, so it's easier to hang, not as flimsy, and can handle some wear ‘n’ tear.

For worksheets, activities and guides, I recommend printing and keeping securely in a three ring binder. Easy Peasy.

If you've purchased a handy chart or set of cards, this isn't necessary, but boy oh boy, it sure skyrockets things to the next level of fun. Do you have a laminator? (If you don't have one, I like this one). Laminate your resources (amazing). We all know kids are hard on things, so now you won't have to keep printing your chart and cards every time they get a little beat up.

Many of our charts also use Velcro stickers. And this is the icing on the cake. Attach one side of the Velcro sticker to the task card, and one side to the chart. Ensure that you don't mix up the sides. (i.e., the "hook" side should be on the chart, and the "furry" side on the cards.) Now you can move the cards around at your leisure. (Plus it's SUPER fun for kids).

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