Strategy of the Day | Calming Manipulatives (Velcro)
“Let me play with a textured object so I can keep my hands busy while keeping my mind focused on learning.“
Best for: Frequently change from one activity to the next; Are fidgety or always up and on the go; Seem to be thinking about something other than the activity taking place in front of them; Students who need a strategy but who don’t want other students to know.
Intervention Details: Use what you have around the classroom or house such as a stress ball, small ball of play dough, artists kneadable eraser, bendy straw, foam packing peanuts, etc.; Take care that the object doesn’t make excessive noise or else it will become a distraction instead of a support.
Desired results:Students are able to persist a little bit longer while listening, working individually, or with a small group; Students increase metacognitive awareness of when they need to use this strategy and initiate the use of a calming object