Smell the Flower, Blow Out the Candles
Purpose To help children develop breath awareness
Collection of artificial flowers—or real ones!
Hand out one flower to each child. One hand should hold the flower,
and the other should be held up, fingers spread, to form pretend
candles on a cake. Put your nose next to the flower in your hand, and
take a slow, deep breath through your nose, pretending to smell the
flower. Say, “Smell the flower” as you breathe in deeply through your
nose. Then say, “Blow out the birthday candles” as you blow onto
each of your fingers through your mouth.
Assist the children in doing the same. After a while, they won’t need
their flowers to breathe deeply. This activity makes things go more
smoothly during transitions between activities.
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