Calm Down By Blowing Out Candles

Supporting children in developing effective coping skills when they are stressed, anxious, or upset has long-lasting benefits to their wellbeing. Help your children calm themselves by blowing out candles using this deep breathing activity. Learn more from child development expert Martha Tyler.

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Who It's For

Children ages 2 to 7 years

Why It Empowers

This activity empowers children to learn how to cope with strong emotions, such as frustration, anxiety, and stress through deep breathing exercises. It also empowers parents as well, who can feel confident that they are providing their children with healthy coping strategies.

What's Needed

  • It only takes a minute or two of deep breathing to help a child calm down again.
  • 5 to 10 fingers (to use as imaginary candles)
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    Meet The Expert

    Martha Tyler

    Martha has her Masters in Education and is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She has worked as a sitter, nanny, tutor, or teaching artist over the past 20+ years. In addition, Martha has hosted a child care podcast, Chronicles of Nannya, for several years. She is also the co-founder of Compassionate Childcare LLC and is thrilled to be able to share her experience, knowledge, and resources with CareNectar!