Activity Introduction

Quick summary:Did you know you have a superpower? It’s your breath and the way you breathe! In this activity, you and your kid/s will participate in a mindful breathing exercise that will help you both learn how to shift emotional states. Using the element of water, it explores breath and emotional regulation to help calm high-energy children, or prepare them for a task where they need to focus.

Time required: 20 minutes.

Information For Parents and Carers

To learn more about the benefits of breathing exercises, click here.

To learn about social and emotional learning, click here.

Other useful information:

  • In this activity, you will be sharing a clip with your kid/s. The clip is a guided breathing exercise which requires your kid/s to follow the instructions and actions presented in the clip. If you can, go through the breathing exercise yourself before sharing it. That way you will know what is expected of your kid/s, and be able to support them through the activities.
  • Research has shown that spending time outdoors has many benefits, especially for children. This also applies to practices like breathwork and mindfulness. Research suggests that presenting these activities outdoors may make our minds wander less, and allow us to focus more on being present. The research also suggests that mindfulness practices conducted outside can have greater benefits to mental, physical, and social health than those undertaken indoors. Find out more here and here.

Curriculum Details

EYLF Outcomes: Outcome 1.1, Outcome 3.1 Outcome 3.2, Outcome 5.1

Curriculum codes:

What You Will Need

  • A device to share a clip with children.
  • An indoor or outdoor space to do breathing exercises.
  • This image or your own (printed if possible), or a memory of a time spent with water.

This activity has been developed in partnership with Breath Circle, and with the support of the Phillips Foundation and the Thyne Reid Foundation.


Teacher Worksheet


Part A: Introduction

Step 1. You could do this activity inside or outside. Tell your kid/s that they are going to do an activity about water. If you have a little activity or action that you use with your kid/s to focus their attention (such as three claps, three big breaths, or a mantra/statement), you could do this now.

Step 2. If you have a photo or a memory of a time you spent with water (eg at the beach or a river, playing in puddles, having a bath), share this with your kid/s. Alternatively, you could share the following picture:

Have a chat with your kid/s about their water experiences, using the memory or picture as a stimulus:

  • I wonder what water looks like. Does it always look the same?
  • I wonder what water feels like. Does it always feel the same?
  • I wonder what water sounds like. What does it sound like at the beach? What does it sound like in the bath or shower? What does it sound like when it’s falling like rain?
  • I wonder what water smells like.
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