Breathing with a Buddy
Have your child grab his or her favorite stuffed animal and lay on his or her back. Place the stuffed animal on his or her stomach. Start by having your child inhale through his or her nose for the count of 3. During the inhale, have your child notice his or her belly getting bigger and the stuffed animal move up. Afterwards, encourage your child to slowly exhale to the count of 3 and to watch his or her belly get smaller and the stuffed animal moving down. Stay in control of the breath, don’t let the stuffed animal fall off!
Painting with a Straw
*Be sure to complete this activity under adult supervision!!!
There are so many different ways that we can use paint! In three easy steps, you and your child can create beautiful pictures!
You will need: paper, watered down paint (watercolors or watered down food coloring), a dropper, a drinking straw, and a tray.
Let’s Start Painting
- Place paper on the tray
- Using the dropper, drop the paint onto the paper
- Blow through the straw to move the colors around
Repeat with as many colors until finished
Singing is a great way to promote deep breathing! Holding notes like “ah” or “la” for a longer time requires a big deep breath. Sing your child’s favorite song with him or her and see how long you both can hold the last note. Or take a big inhale at the same time and try see who can hold “ah” or “la” longer!
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