This breathing exercise can easily be done in a classroom setting or a yoga class. It is simple enough to teach to children in preschool, and engaging enough to entertain kids in early elementary grades!
Connect this game with social and emotional learning activities, by reminding children about the importance of our breath. When we find ways to connect with our breath, we can use it to become more aware of our emotions, and to help bring our feelings to a place where we can manage them.
This game is excellent to bring to students after you have introduced breathing exercises with Belly Breathing.
Here are several ways to help kids to practice their breathing exercises with pom poms!
What you need:
- Pom poms (you can also use feathers!)
- Plastic straws
How to play in class:
Give each child a straw and a pom pom. As they work on their breathing, have them breathe in through their noses, and out through the straw.
- On a classroom table: Children can practice their breathing by blowing their pom poms on the smooth surface of a table. As they gain more control of their breath, they can try to blow the pom pom around the edge of the table. Encourage them to stay as close to the edge as possible, without the pom pom falling to the floor!
- On yoga mats: Children can practice their breathing by blowing their pom poms on their yoga mat. As they gain more control of their breath, they can try to blow the pom pom around the edge of their mat. Encourage them to stay as close to the edge as possible, without the pom pom blowing onto the floor!
- Partner work: To add in a social challenge, have kids work with a partner. They can take turns trying to get the pom pom to its destination, blow the pom pom across the surface to each other, or create a game of their choosing!