Mindful Mondays

Calming Jar Instructions

September 20, 2019

A calming jar is a great way for young children to control their emotions and self regulate.

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  • Heart Meditation

    Place your hands over your heart, close your eyes and just notice. Notice what your heart feels like beneath your hands. Notice how fast your heart is beating. There’s no need to judge or label what you feel, practice just noticing.

  • Belly Breathing

    Taking full, deep breaths is a great way to calm down and manage your stress. Belly breaths is a way to practice taking those slow, deep breaths. Place your hand on your belly and as you breathe in notice your belly expanding or getting bigger. As you breathe out, notice your belly contracting or getting smaller. Keep belly breathing until you feel calm.

  • Pinwheel Breathing

    You can use a pinwheel to practice taking deep breaths. Take a deep breathe in and as you breathe out, blow onto your pinwheel and watch it spin. You can adjust your breathing to make the pinwheel spin fast or slow. If you don’t have a pinwheel you can use a feather, cotton ball or anything light enough to move when you blow on it.