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Relaxation Activities for Children

August 15, 2018

Relaxation Activities for Children

As parents, we know what it’s like to have a busy schedule. Finding time to get everything done in the day can seem impossible. Just like us, our kids can become overwhelmed with expectations and activities that are thrown at them each day. Practicing relaxation strategies with your child not only provides a sense of calm, but helps to manage reactions when negative feelings are present. Building activities that help children relax after a busy day can help them wind down and can support an easier bedtime.


A great time for relaxing activities is before bedtime. There are many easy activities that our little ones can do independently that are calming and give them a quiet moment within their day:

  • Reading a book (or just looking at the pictures)
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Puzzles
  • Building with blocks or magnets
  • Playing with play-doh, putty, or moon sand
  • Sorting objects
  • Taking a bath
  • Listening to music


Teaching your child relaxation strategies not only helps them with negative feelings (worried, sad, angry, etc) when they arise, but also helps to calm a busy body. Here are some tips:

  • Slumberkins Slumber Sloth and Yeti Sleepytime Rhymes are interactive stories using research-based techniques to promote relaxation. Download our Sleepytime Rhyme Stories HERE for free!
  • Teach your child to slow down their breathing, focusing on each breath. This allows them to calm their body and their thoughts. Check out a great resource for kids to practice Deep Breathing Exercise HERE
  • Use counting as a strategy to help your child calm down. Depending on your child’s age and counting skills, you can count to 3, 5, or 10. You can also try counting backwards.
  • Check out Kids Relaxation for variety of quick and easy relaxation activities.

Kid Friendly Apps for Relaxation:

  • Mind Yeti: “The app teaches mindfulness using fun characters, stories, and sounds that helps listeners calm down, focus, connect, and sleep.”
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga: “Fun yoga and mindfulness videos for kids aged 3 to 9, presented by Jaime.  Kids love to follow Jaime as she goes on yoga adventures and explains mindfulness in ways that they really get.”
  • Headspace: “Headspace is the simple way to reframe stress. Sleep trouble? Meditation creates the ideal conditions for a good night's rest. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day.”
  • Dreamy Kid: “The DreamyKid meditation app offers meditation, guided visualization and affirmations curated just for  children and teens.It uses proven techniques that teach your ids methods to guide them towards a happier life through mindfulness.”
  • Stop, Breathe & Think Kids: “Meditation and mindfulness made easy an fun for kids, to help them discover and develop their superpowers of sleep, being calm, learning to breathe or to resolve conflicts.”
  • GoNoodle: “GoNoodle provides dance-alongs, yoga videos, mindfulness activities, and other awesomely active and fun ways to move!”

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September 13, 2018

As a mom, from a super young age we’ve tried to grow the awareness and give a voice to our babies, toddlers, and now kindergarten’s feelings. It can be daunting work. Emotions are so powerful, and can feel scary to express. Sometimes words can feel limiting. I LOVE the sentiment and history behind slimberkins. I had no idea. I’ve admired them for a while now. Now I’m all emotionally attached to them 😂 all of them. What a beautiful message. Anything that encourages safe and free expression and love is ❤️ In my book.

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