This breathing activity is perfect for regulating the breath and balancing the oxygen levels in the body for optimal health. This breathing exercise also promotes relaxation in a fun, playful, imaginative way.
The goal of this activity is to make the exhale twice as long as the inhale. Also, to allow the inhale to naturally expand. Make sure you have explained to children what “inhale and exhale” mean so that they understand what you are asking them to do.
1. We are going to play a game called “I’m a Little Teapot.” You get to pretend that you are teapot and I am going to listen to the steam that you make.
2. Imagine that you are a teapot, You can be as big or as small of a tea pot as you would like. Decide what color you would like to be. Can you feel the lid on top of your head? Let’s sit up straight and keep our chins up so that the lid doesn’t fall off.
3. Sit up straight.
4. Allow yourself to inhale, let it come naturally, no need to force, push or take a big breath, just allow it to be natural.
5. As you exhale, you are going to make a “shhhhh” sound, like steam coming out of a teapot. The steam from your teapot comes out long and slow. See if you can send your steam across the room. Let’s see how long you can make your steam.
Ideas for Use:
Have “Tea Time” in your classroom or at home daily. Tea time can be the code words for relaxation time. You can play “I’m a Little Teapot”, draw or artistically create your teapots and share the designs, and then drink some relaxing chamomile or herbal tea. This is a great time to pause, connect and celebrate relaxation at home or at school.