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Breathing Techniques for Kids – 16 Magic Methods to Calm Kids

Last Updated on August 26, 2021.

Breathing techniques are a great way to calm kids. They can help kids during times of stress, and the breathing exercises are not as complicated as you might think! In this blog post, we will discuss 16 breathing techniques for kids that will improve their health and wellbeing.

What are breathing techniques for kids?

Breathing techniques are breathing exercises that teach kids how to slow their breathing and control it. Breathing can be helpful when a child is under stress, anxious, or just needs an outlet for the day’s activities.

How do breathing techniques help kids?

Some of the benefits of breathing techniques include:

  • Relieves anxiety & frustration
  • Promotes deep breathing which improves overall health
  • Supports a calm & focused mind
  • Reduces the effects of stress on children
  • Improves breathing for those with chronic illnesses such as asthma or heart issues

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16 Creative Breathing Techniques for Kids

Smell the Flowers

Take a deep breath in and imagine smelling the beautiful fragrance of your favorite flowers.

Blow Out the Candles

Exhale a deep breath as if you’re blowing out dozens of birthday candles.

Choo-Choo Breaths

Take a deep breath through your nose, then let two breaths out your mouth to make the sound Chooooo-Chooo.

Bunny Breaths

Take in 3 quick breaths through your nose, then one long out through the mouth.

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breathing techniques for kids
breathing techniques for kids

Sky Breaths

Close your eyes and take three long breaths in and out. Imagine breathing in the air of a beautiful blue sky, and breathing out dark gray rain clouds.

Snake Breaths

Take one deep breath in, and then exhale letting out a low, slow hissing sound.

Darth Vader Breaths

Pretend you have a straw in your mouth, suck in through the straw and breathe in a long deep breath. Breathe out like Darth Vader making a shhhhh sound.

Buzzing Bee Breaths

Inhale through your nose. Keeping your mouth closed. Now make a buzzing sound (like a bee) as you exhale through closed lips. You can also cup their hands around their ears to amplify the buzzing sound!

Howl at the Moon

Take a deep breath in, then look up and let it out slowly like you’re a wolf howling at the moon.

Belly Breaths

Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. Take a deep breath in, then exhale slowly (through your nose). Pay attention to the rise and fall of your chest and belly as they complete the exercise.

Color Breathing

Close your eyes and take a deep breath in. Imagine breathing in calm greens and blues. Now exhale, breathing out angry reds and oranges.

Tumbling like the Dryer

Sit cross-legged (criss-cross apple sauce). Point your index fingers toward each other in front of your mouth. Inhale deeply through the nose, and then exhale through your mouth and swirl your fingers around as the breath leaves your body (like a tumble dryer). You’ll hear a dryer swirling noise as you exhale!

Dragon Breath

Interlace your fingers under your chin. Inhale and raise your elbows as high as they can around their neck and face. On the exhale, have them lower their elbows back down, pretending to be a dragon.

Whale Breaths

Sit up tall and take a deep breath in. Hold your breath while you count to 5. Then tilt your head toward the sky and exhale like you’re blowing air out of a blowhole.

Balloon Breaths

Take a deep breath in. Then cup their hands around their mouth. Exhale slowly through your mouth, and expand your hands outward, as if you are blowing up a balloon.

Shoulder Roll Breaths

Take a deep breath in. As you do, roll your shoulders up towards your ears, and then drop their shoulders back down as you exhale.

The Bottom Line

Breathing techniques are a great strategy for kids to keep their cool. Practice these breathing techniques so that the next time your child is struggling to manage their emotions, they can recall these calming strategies!

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