Tools to Try Cards for Kids: Regulation strategies to focus, calm, think, move, breathe, and connect

· Think Social Publishing, Inc.
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About this ebook

Learning to self-regulate our Zones is hard, serious work that takes time and lots of practice. Tools to Try Cards for Kids is an easy, user-friendly way to help kids ages 5-10 metacognitively explore and practice over 50 self-regulation strategies and empower them to make choices toward figuring out what works best for them. 

The digital strategy cards are divided into five color-coded categories to show how the tools work in different ways to help social emotional learners self-regulate their feelings and emotions:


·        FEEL IT. These tools use our senses to support regulation and modulation.

·        MOVE IT. These tools integrate physical activity to impact regulation and reduce anxiety.

·        THINK IT. These tools provide thought-based strategies to help us regulate.

·        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 along with a how-to-do-it description. Each card also includes a reflection to help kids consider how they feel after using the tool, how it can be used to help them regulate their Zones, and whether it’s the right tool for them. 

For best teaching practice, the strategy deck should be used in tandem with Chapter 4 lessons in The Zones of Regulation curriculum book. The cards are also useful tools when paired with other Zones-related products, such as Navigating The Zones, and the Advanced Pack: Cards to Extend Play with Navigating The Zones

This card deck is a supplement to, not a replacement for, the in-depth curriculum and lessons in The Zones of Regulation book.

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About the author

Leah Kuypers, MA Ed., OTR/L, is the creator of The Zones of Regulation™, a framework designed to foster self-regulation. She is the author of the book and apps by the same name, as well as co-creator of Navigating The Zones and the Advanced Pack. Leah provides trainings and consultation to districts, professionals, and caregivers on regulation and challenging behavior and conducts workshops on The Zones of Regulation framework to groups around the world. Explore her webinars and trainings on her website, 

Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC-SLP, specializes in social and emotional learning, is the co-owner of Communication Works, a private practice in California, and is the founder of Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick! ( where she blogs and shares resources from her books and online parenting course. Elizabeth is the author of Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick!, 2nd edition (2020) and is the co-author of the Whole Body Listening Larry books with Kristen Wilson. She presents around the country and beyond on her work and also is a trainer in The Zones of Regulation collaborative.

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