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Relaxation for toddlers

Helping the under 5s relax!

Children are never too young or too old to be introduced to meditation and relaxation.

Our Little Stars CD is a beautiful mixture of gentle relaxations and lullabies. The CD is suitable for babies and toddlers and can be used at home or in the nursery at any time of the day (or night).

You can order your copy here – https://relaxkids.com/product/little-stars/

Here are some simple relaxation exercises to try at home with your toddler.

. Put some fun music on and let them dance and move as fast as possible and let them lie down still as soon as the music stops. Extend the periods of lying down, so children get used to lying still for a longer time.

. Play some classical music and let children lie down and relax. Encourage your child to curl up into a little ball (like a snail or a tortoise) where they have to stay as quiet and as tiny as possible.

. Wrap them in a warm cosy blanket, tucked up snuggly with their favourite soft toy. Ask them to see if they can stay as quiet as possible and feel the warmth in their body.

.Don’t worry if young children are not able to concentrate and keep still for very long, the most important thing is that you are creating new habits and positive patterns.

Sleepy Starfish

Lie down on your back with your legs and arms apart. Stay very still and imagine you are a sleepy starfish resting at the bottom of the ocean. Breathe in and as you breathe out relax you arms.

Breathe in and as you breathe out relax your legs, breathe in and as you breathe out relax your head. See how still you can be at the bottom of the ocean, resting like a sleepy starfish. Repeat to yourself I am silent, I am silent. 

Squeeze and Relax

Take in a deep breath and as you breathe in, squeeze all the muscles in you body. Now, breathe out and relax all the muscles in your body. Repeat this exercise 2 or 3 times.