Do your little ones love building with Lego? Why not turn it into a breathing exercise? Incorporating mindfulness and relaxation into a fun activity can help them learn valuable tools for managing stress and anxiety. Here's how to do it:
Choose a set of Lego blocks to build with.
As you build each block, alternate between taking a deep inhale and exhaling. Build a block, inhale. Build a block, exhale. Keep going until you've completed your build.
Encourage your child to focus on their breathing as they build. This helps them stay present in the moment and mindful of their thoughts and feelings.
Practicing this exercise regularly can help your child develop a stronger connection between their breath and their emotions, and can help them feel more calm and relaxed overall.
Here's the cherry on top. Usually, when you're building Lego, you're in a calm, relaxed state. Making it the most effective time to be practicing these emotional regulation skills!
So, next time your tiny humans need a break from the stresses of the day, grab some Lego blocks and give this breathing exercise a try!
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