Jun 22, 2011 | Uncategorized

Design a RELAX Box with your child for your family.  Have your child decorate a box with relaxing words or pictures.  Create a series of index cards that include instructions for your favorite relaxation activities, short “feel good” stories, pictures of things you love, pictures of people you love, pictures of fun memories, and words or phrases that you like to think about.  As you are creating the cards, you can practice the activities!  Place all of these cards in a box and take turns drawing one out during family circle time or during times you want to relax.   Place it in your Relaxation Station (,  and use it to generate discussion or to initiate your relaxation practice during your daily circle time.


  1. Do you have any ideas of how to do this to introduce elementary guidance lessons or to do at the end of the lesson?

    • This activity would work as introductory or at the conclusion of any lesson.

      I would suggest if you are using the RELAX box as an introductory activity, that you explain to the students that the activity is to get their minds and bodies ready to learn and that we learn best when we are feeling focused and calm. Or, just prior to your lessons, use the RELAX box to allow students to bring positive ideas or thoughts about things they like into their awareness, shifting their attention to thoughts that “feel good” and produce good feelings in the body. For optimal learning and connection of mind/body, make sure you draw their attention inward somehow to take note of how they are feeling before and after the exercise.

      If you use the RELAX box as a closing activity, then I would suggest explaining to the students something like, “You have all worked so hard today. Now we are going to relax our minds and bodies so that we store all of the information we just used and keep it ready for when you need to use it later.” Explain that taking a break helps our minds and bodies to do the best job possible.

      I hope this answers your question! All the best to you and your students!

  2. What a great page! Wonderful ideas and techniques. Hope to use some of these with my own boys. I have a four year old and he’s a bit of a handful when things don’t go his way. I’ve been trying some meditation in the morning and he seems to like it, he’s been more clam and less aggressive.


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