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Rocket Launcher Craft for Teaching Self-Regulation

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June 27, 2019

3…2…1… BLAST OFF!  Launch these mini rockets with a deep breath! The deeper the breath, the bigger the boost for your rocket!  This Rocket Launching craft is a SENSational way to work on fine motor skills and can be used to practice taking deep breaths.

Why is it important to take deep breaths? 

Learning how to take deep breaths is one of the easiest ways to teach kids how to self-calm when they’re upset.  When you take a deep breath in, your bring fresh oxygen to your brain and body, which slows down respiration and helps to calm the nervous system.  So if your child is getting ready to explode (or perhaps has already) taking deep breaths is a SENSational way to calm down.

How to take a deep breath

For this activity, inhale for a count of three.  Breathe in. 3…2…1… Hold.  Blow out to blast off.

When to practice taking deep breaths

The key is to practice deep breathing is during a time when your child is not upset.  By pairing a lesson in deep breathing exercises with this fun rocket launching activity, your child is more likely to be accepting of this technique in the future when deep breaths are really needed.

Launch your rockets while standing still and avoid running around with straws for safety.

This Rocket Launching Craft boosts several skills…

  • Fine motor skills such as coloring and cutting.
  • Sensory and Oral motor skills for lip closure while using a straw.
  • Self-calming skills to learn deep breathing (in through your nose and out through your mouth).

You will need:

  • Rocket Printable (FREE printable below)
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Regular straw
  • Large straw (such as a Jumbo or Smoothie straw)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Tape

Check out the Rocket Launcher video tutorial for step by step instructions.

I also created a Rocket Writing Prompt to go along with this craft.   Kids can write out their answers on a separate piece of paper.  Or they can draw directly on the printable too.

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