When teaching yoga and mindfulness to kids, it helps to turn the lesson into a fun activity through play, movement, visualization, and games.
Children respond well to visual activities that combine thought and action. When teaching breathing techniques I often introduce visual cues that are fun and playful.
Mindfulness and yoga techniques can offer children tools for self-regulation, which in turn gives the child an opportunity to pause and reset when they feel they are losing control. Try using these calming breathing techniques at home, in the classroom, and beyond!
The cotton ball race - This game teaches kids that breathing takes practice and focus.
Give each child a cotton ball and a straw. Ask them to go to the end of their mat with the cotton ball and blow the cotton ball down to the opposite end of their mat.