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Mindful Breathing Activity for Kids

Teach Starter Publishing
3 mins | Years: F - 6

Use this calming, square-breathing exercise video to introduce your students to mindfulness in the classroom.

What Is Mindful Breathing?

Mindful breathing is a calming mindfulness technique that can be used anywhere, anytime, by anyone! The beauty of this technique is in its simplicity. The simple action of taking a minute or two to focus solely on the natural rhythm of breathing can do wonders for calming our emotions, reducing stress and evoking a sense of general wellbeing. Breathing is a great anchor when it comes to calming our minds and bodies as it is something we can draw our attention to wherever we are and whatever we are doing.

Teach Your Students to Destress with Breathing Exercises

The positive benefits of teaching mindfulness to children have been proven across many studies, and incorporating mindfulness into everyday classroom activity is becoming more common. A five or ten-minute daily mindfulness activity like this one can release stress and anxiety, increase concentration and engagement, improve sleep, and assist with problem-solving and decision-making skills. They’re also great for calming excitable little ones down after recess and lunchtime, too!

The Box Breathing Technique for Kids (and Adults!)

This three-minute square-breathing video makes the perfect addition to your mindfulness activity toolbox. Use it to help your students calm themselves down, centre themselves and prepare for the day or lesson ahead.

The box breathing method for anxiety is used in this video. This method provides a perfect visual for students to follow along with as they slowly breathe in and out. The visuals are paired with soothing audio to help you or your students relax and focus on their breath as they practise calming techniques.

You might like to use this video in conjunction with the following mindful breathing activities:

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  • Jenny Marshall

    I love this! It's so simple, but effective. We have Mindfulness every day after lunch and would love some more like this. No colouring allowed-thanks.

    • Brittany Collins

      Hi Jenny! We are so glad that you love this resource! Thanks for the great feedback. :)

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