Making your comfort kit
Comfort kits are simple to make and can be used quickly. They don’t have to be expensive either – they can often be filled with items you already have at home. It’s good to include things that have a focus on senses such as touch, smell, sight and hearing.
Here are some ideas that your child might like to put in their kit.
- soft blanket
- cuddly toy
- pom poms
- stress ball
- fidget spinner
- something that reminds them of you (maybe a t-shirt)
- scented stickers
- bath bombs
- photos of favourite animals or people
- colouring book
- favourite book
- snow globe
- musical instrument
- favourite music
- sounds from nature
Even if your child isn’t feeling upset, you might notice them playing with an item they really like – you could suggest they include this in their kit.
Using the comfort kit
Next time your child is upset or distressed, try some of these conversation starters. They can help to remind your child that the comfort kit can help to soothe them.
- ‘I can see you’re feeling angry/upset/annoyed. Shall we get the box that you’ve made to look at this together?’
- ‘I will get your comfort kit for you and we can work out what is making you feel this angry/upset/annoyed/worried.’
- ‘Do you think spending some time going through your self-soothe box/comfort kit would be helpful right now?’
During times of change and uncertainty, we hope this kit can help your child to find some comfort.