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20 ways to help children Relax

Getting children to relax is crucial for their emotional and physical development. It helps them manage stress, improve their mood, and enhance their learning abilities. 

Here are 20 ways to help children relax. 

  1. Deep Breathing – Teach them to take slow, deep breaths to calm their mind and body.
  2. Read Together – Reading can be a calming activity that also enhances their imagination and learning.
  3. Listen to Calming Music – Soft, gentle music can help soothe their emotions.
  4. Nature Walks – Being in nature can reduce stress and promote physical activity.
  5. Drawing/Doodling or Colouring.  – Art activities are great for expressing feelings and relaxing.
  6. Yoga or stretches – Simple yoga poses can be fun and calming.
  7. Guided Imagery – Use storytelling to guide them to imagine a calm, peaceful place. Relax Kids have a wide range of guided imagery relaxations. 
  8. Crafts and Creative Projects – Engaging in creative activities can be both relaxing. 
  9. Gentle Massage – A soft back or foot rub can be soothing before bedtime.
  10. Mindfulness Activities – Teach them to notice their surroundings using their senses, which can be very grounding.
  11. Play Quiet Games – Games like puzzles or building blocks can be calming.
  12. Spend Time with Pets – Animals can have a calming effect and teach responsibility.
  13. Gardening Together – Connecting with nature and seeing the results of their care can be rewarding.
  14. Laugh Together – Watching a funny movie or telling jokes can release tension.
  15. Warm Baths – A warm bath can help children relax and help
  16. Good sleep. – Play relaxing MP3s Relax Kids have produced a range of MP3s designed to teach relaxation and meditation.
  17. Physical Exercise – Regular physical activity is important for reducing stress in the body. 
  18. Breathing with a Stuffed Animal – Place a stuffed animal on their belly to watch it move up and down with their breath, teaching them deep breathing.
  19. Creating a Quiet Space – Designate a cozy area in your home where they can go to feel safe and relax.
  20. Routine – Establishing a predictable routine can provide a sense of security and reduce anxiety.

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