This is a relaxation activity to draw attention to breathing patterns to slow respiration/heart rate and decrease anxiety, pain, or agitation and to teach possible coping strategy to utilize when needed. It is a good activity for children of all ages.

What You Need

  • Yoga mat/pillows, if needed.
  • Pre-recorded relaxation music without words or sounds of nature. For example, songs using acoustic guitar, strings, or piano only such as some music by The Piano Guys.


  • Encourage child to find a comfortable position, whether it be lying on their back or stomach, sitting upright, putting their head down on the table, etc.
  • Start playing pre-recorded music and invite the child to close their eyes if they feel safe to do so.
  • Using a soft and slow voice, encourage the child to concentrate on their breathing in and out, drawing attention to how their lungs and stomach expand when breathing in and relax when breathing out.
  • Begin counting breaths in the following manner:
  • – Start by counting in for 2, out for 2 (2/2).
  • – After three repetitions, go to 3/3 for 3 repetitions, and finally 4/4.
  • Allow the child time to count in and out on their own; encourage them to breathe in for the same amount they breathe out.
  • Repeat song as needed/desired for no more than 20 minutes.
  • When ending the exercise, turn down music slightly.
  • – State “Bring attention to your hands and your feet, moving them slowly. Open your eyes when you are ready.”
  • When they are ready, allow the child to take their time in sitting upright.

All activities should be supervised by an adult.

PPCC is not a health care provider and does not give medical advice or treatment. PPCC does not endorse or recommend any listed facilities, service providers, or support groups herein. PPCC offers the list and information as a resource only. PPCC does not pre-evaluate, or consider the Medicare/Medicaid status of the providers.

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