There’s a playful classroom game at my school where teachers hold up a colored sheet of paper and students move a certain way to the color. I thought it would be fun to adapt this game for relaxation and to support teaching kids self-regulation and awareness.
- Collect several colored sheets of paper in soft, relaxing colors: white, lavender, light blue, pastel orange and sea green.
- Explain to your kids or students that each color has a meaning. (Use the templates below or create your own symbols for the sheets of paper so that students can see what each color signifies).
- Practice and model the movements associated with each color.
- White: Move like a cloud floating in the sky
- Lavender: Sway like a flower in a gentle wind
- Light Blue: Flow like a gently flowing river
- Pastel Orange: Walk sly like a fox
- Sea Green: Float slow like a sea turtle
- Next, put on some soft music, turn the lights down a bit if you can, and then hold up each paper cue, inviting kids to move in a relaxed manner.
See who can move with the slowest, mindful movement. Demonstrate for your kids. Show them how to move slow and deliberate, sharing with them the goal of a relaxed, gentle, soft moving body and mind.