Breathing Activities for Children Part Two
Designed for relaxing students before or after a test, or if they have just come in from outside and are in need of refocusing before starting their next learning activity. The breathing activities have been designed to help and improve students’ focus in all areas of the schooling day.
Get the students to breathe in through their nose, long deep inhale, and out their mouth on a hissing sound, slow and long. Extending the exhale will allow the students to slow down their inner speed. It’s wonderful to connect students to their exhale to help them learn to slow themselves down, mentally and physically.
Ask the students to take three quick sniffs in their nose and one long exhale out their nose. Invite students to pretend to be bunnies, sniffing the air for other bunnies, carrots to eat, or safety from predators. Great for when students are very upset and can’t find their breath, because it will help them connect to their exhale, so that they breathe.
Have the students lie on the floor and tell them to tighten their toes. Then tell them to relax their toes, taking a deep breath as they do this. Next, have them tighten their knees and the top of their legs, then relax and take a deep breath. Tell them to continue up the body, proceeding to the abdomen, arms, hands, fingers, face and head. Remind the students to take deep breaths with each muscle release.
Candle and Flower
Have the students start by making a fist out of their left hand, imagining they are holding a flower. Have them form a fist with their right hand as well, pretending that they are clutching a candle. Tell them to inhale deeply as they sniff the flower. Then, instruct the students to blow out the candle. Encourage them all to really inhale the scent of the flower and make sure the candle is completely blown out.
Get the students to imagine what each breath looks like as they inhale. Have the students visualise what colour it is, the scent, the warmth or coolness of it and the sound. Have the students imagine the breath going down their throat, into the lungs and stomach.