Butterfly Breathing with Abby Cadabby
Here’s one of the many ways we can take care of our big feelings. It works for grown-ups, too!
Share this video with children and invite them to try it themselves: Hold your arms out and imagine they are magnificent butterfly wings. Slowly raise your wings above your head as you take a slow deep breath in, then lower them as you slowly breathe out. The movement looks a little like a snow angel, but it’s done sitting down or standing up!
Try the strategy together when children are having big feelings.
Feelings, Feelings, Everywhere
Everyone has different feelings, at different times, for different reasons—and all our feelings have a place.
Let’s Sing Along! My Body, My Brain
Celebrate the mind-body connection with a song about healthy habits.
Let’s Play a Game: Feelings Detective
Help children “see” feelings on others’ faces or bodies… and understand that everyone shows their feelings a little differently.
Mindful Moment: Nature Poses
Children can practice mindful movement to learn, help manage big feelings, or just focus or relax!
Stretch, Breathe, Move!
Help children connect with their brains and bodies to relax, refocus, or work through big feelings. After we notice how our bodies are feeling, we can think about what we are feeling and label it!
Tuning in to Children’s Unique Needs
Explore children’s unique ways of thinking, feeling, behaving, and being in the world.
Connecting Mind, Body, and Heart
Children depend on caring grown-ups to learn and thrive in every way.