Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This activity uses mindful breathing techniques to teach children how to shift emotional states. Using the concept of space, it explores breath and emotional regulation to help calm high-energy children down, or prepare them for a task where they need to focus.

This activity has been developed in partnership with Beata Heymann from Breath Circle.

Resources required:

  • A device for sharing a clip with children.
  • An indoor or outdoor space to conduct your breathing activity with children.
EYLF Outcomes (see here) Elaboration
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity 2. Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing 1. Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
2. Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators 1. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

 

This activity has been developed with the support of the Phillips Foundation and the Thyne Reid Foundation.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Background information

This activity uses mindful breathing techniques to teach children how to shift emotional states. This is a practice that can settle children, and foster calm and focused attention. These practices can be incorporated into everyday life to lessen anxiety and relieve stress amongst children, educators, and families.

Please find out more about the importance of breathing exercises for our health here: The Benefits Of Breathing Exercises.

This activity has been developed in partnership with Beata Heymann from Breath Circle. You can find out more about Beata and arrange for her to come to your centre by registering here.

Tips:

  • In this activity, you will be sharing a clip with children. The clip is a guided breathing exercise, where children will be asked to follow the instructions and actions presented in the clip. If you can, go through the breathing exercise yourself before sharing it with your children. That way you will know what is expected of them, and
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