Mindful Breathing Exercises Cards for Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning

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Use these mindfulness breathing exercises to promote happiness, attention, emotional control, and self-regulation skills. Teach students to take a "mindful moment" and "just breathe" to help feel calm and in control. Mindful breathing can help kids regain focus, inner calm, happiness, and promote a positive classroom climate. Cards include 40 unique cards for individual, small group, or whole class practice.

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These mindful breathing exercises specifically target breathing strategies in a fun and interactive way that all kids can love to practice time and time again.

Mindfulness means being present in the moment with your thoughts and feelings without making judgments. It is being aware of what is happening but not being overwhelmed. These cards are a great way to integrate social emotional learning in the classroom or at home.

Note that some of these mindfulness exercises are the same activities in the Mindfulness Board Game, but can be practiced again and again.

Why Teach Mindfulness

Research has shown many positive outcomes when you practice mindfulness. People of all ages and abilities can practice. It is a great strategy for kids struggling with tough emotions, attention challenges, or other behavioral concerns.

How to Use

• Teach students about mindfulness first. Explain that mindfulness is a skill that improves over time with practice!

• Provide an individual copy to students who need extra support managing emotions. Teach them how to use it to calm down.

• Keep a set in the calm down area.

• Keep cards on a ring. Some cards can be easily practiced as a whole group. Practice mindful moments whenever needed, such as after recess, before a big test, or during downtime.

Here are just some examples of times you could use these cards:

• Beginning of a morning meeting

• During an intervention for individual students in need

• After lunch or recess to help bring the class back together

• Before high-stakes testing to help focus and calm the mind

• In small groups to promote relaxation

• In between class transitions to provide a mental break

• At the beginning of a resource class to start with a positive focus

• Let partners or small groups practice before a test or quiz

Note that black/white version is also included. You can have students use this version to color and create their own individualized set. Blank cards are also included if you have your own mindful exercises to add.

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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for counseling, education, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.


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