Updated: Jun 15
Over the past few years, many resources for the Zones of Regulation have popped up. The zones help kids become aware of the levels of emotion they experience. Blue represents being slow, down, or sluggish. Green represents being calm, focused, and ready to learn. Yellow signals caution that the mood is elevated and is getting out of hand. Red represents an elevated, out-of-control mood. The goal is to help kids move towards the green zone so they are in control of their emotions and bodies and are ready to learn and get along with others at school.
This is a round-up of printables, games, signage, and activities to help children learn about the zones and how to use them to regulate emotions. These resources can provide foundational training and information for kids to use early on in counseling while developing rapport. Once kids are able to regulate, they will be in a better position to explore the deeper issues causing emotional anguish.
by He's Extraordinary
If you are looking for printables, this site has some good ones. These are some helpful printables to teach kids about the zones of regulation. They are easy to read, aesthetically pleasing, and free!
by The OT Toolbox
This article offers a list of books related to the zones. Many lessons, exercises, and coping mechanisms can be introduced through these books. Many of these can be used for deeper dives on different presenting problems. Be sure to check Teachers-Pay-Teachers for activities that go along with these stories. There are some good, free resources available.
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by The Crafty OT
These charts are handy little printables that offer some popular characters. Kids tend to be more engaged and responsive when their favorite characters are utilized in the resources. If you are looking for engaging feelings charts, I have a free Hulk-O-Meter PDF download for kids to recognize levels of anger.
by Lisa Cronin
Need a bulletin board idea? This one would offer a daily reminder to kids to monitor their emotional state. I like the bright colors and simplicity of the design.
by Colors and Kindergarten
I like the combo of zones and a feeling chart at this site. They would be helpful for younger kids who have not yet learned to read.
by Power Puff Primary
This is an online option for those doing telehealth. The graphics are cute!
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by Little SEL
This is an inexpensive printable from TPT. It would be great for groups to help kids better understand the zones and how to calm their bodies.
by California Counselor
This game is designed to be played on the computer, lending itself nicely to telehealth practitioners.