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 wind, it explores breath and emotional regulation to help lift energy levels, or to lift the mood and give yourself an injection of energy.

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

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What You Will Need

  • A device to share a clip with children.
  • An indoor space to do breathing exercises.

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. Tell your kid/s that they are going to do an activity about the wind. 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.

Take your kid/s outside or to a window, and take a moment to observe. Begin by posing the following I wonder statement: 

  • I wonder what we can see.

Have a discussion about the wind with your kid/s, in terms of their senses. For example:

  • I wonder what the wind is.
  • I wonder if we can hear the wind.
  • I wonder if we can feel the wind.
  • I wonder if we can see the wind.
  • I wonder if we can smell or taste the wind.

‘I wonder' statements - using statements that begin with 'I wonder … ' is a great way to get children to share their ideas. 'I wonder' statements don’t necessarily have a correct response, so they leave children open to explore and share their ideas without fear of

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