4-H Virtual Recess: Calm Jars


Calm jars are a tool used to lead kids through developing positive “self-talk” practices which can help boost confidence, optimism and motivation while decreasing negative thoughts and emotions.


  • Glass Jars
  • Decorations for the jars such as: Glitter, stickers, markers, etc.
  • Print “calm cards” on colorful paper. You’ll see a few examples below, but get creative with your own ideas!
  • Cut calm cards so everyone has one copy of each sheet.

Activity Steps:

  1. Set out your supplies.
  2. Have each youth decorate a glass jar in any way they wish.
  3. Fold the calm cards and put them inside of the jar.
  4. Talk kids through how to use the tool and ask them about the situations and emotions they’re feeling when they think this exercise could be useful:
    • Sit in a calm safe space (like your bedroom or outside).
    • Begin by taking several deep breathes.
    • Take each slip out, one at a time, and read aloud while taking a deep breath.
    • Use the cards to calm your stress, nerves or anger.
    • Cards can also be used daily by selecting a new one each day.

Visit 4-H.org/CalmCards.

From the 4-H Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide.

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3/18/2020 12:56:08 PM
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