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Behavior Management - Cool Down Cubes

Cool down cubes

I saw this wonderful idea in PInterest. It caught my attention as a nice straightforward, stand alone solution to behavior management.

I am very interested to know how you would use this in class. It looks a great idea, but I would like some input from someone who has used this successfully or indeed unsuccessfully.

To make this you will need


Ensure that children can reach into easily, and not break the jar it falls to the floor.


This is how I envisage myself implementing this in class

  • I create a tub of cool down cubes as seen in the picture.
  • When I see a child with known behavioral issues becoming stressed or agitated, I place this on their desk.
  • The student then takes a cube and carries out the recommended action.
  • Hopefully over time the student becomes familiar with all the suggestions on the cubes, and is able to calm themselves down without it.

Positives that I can see of this system include

  • I can give the student the cubes without disrupting the overall flow of my lesson.
  • The student independently can choose a solution to their problem.
  • Over time the student learns the self-control techniques and would don longer require the cubes.
  • It is non-confrontational.
  • I can ask other teachers for ideas to write on the cubes.

Reference: This version is from Crafty Counselor Chick, which was based on an idea from Entirely Elementary.

Further reading from The Magic Crayons

Practical classroom behaviour management strategies and techniques

I look forward to reading your comments. Thank you - Tim Sensei. The Cool Down Cubes graphic was made using Easel.ly. It's fast and easy to use. I've written more about Easel.ly in a separate post. >


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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.
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