This mindfulness exercise uses a spider theme, making it great for Halloween activities with kids that need a moment to stop and breathe. I wanted to create a spin on some of our popular mindfulness for kids activities and exercises from the past. (You can access these mindfulness worksheets below).
Mindfulness Exercise for Kids
This mindfulness activity focuses on deep breathing. When children focus on a steady point, trace lines with their finger, and focus on deep breathing, it can help them to re-center and refocus other thoughts.
There are many benefits of mindfulness strategies, and mindfulness tools like this one can be very helpful for children, especially during the unpredictable nature of a Fall party or during trick-or-treating.
From addressing mood, regulation, and cognitive functioning, this Halloween activity can be a big help in classrooms or learning at home during the weeks leading up to Halloween.
Other children may benefit from the mindfulness strategy as a coping tool or to address stress or worries this time of year.
Still others can practice listening skills and auditory awareness as they complete the deep breathing exercise and focus on the lines of the spider web.
Use this spider theme activity at Halloween time, or even in the midst of a Halloween party or trick-or-treating with children who need a moment to reset. Print off the deep breathing worksheet, slip it into a page protector, and you are ready to rock this Halloween!
How to use this mindfulness worksheet
To use the deep breathing worksheet, simply ask students to use their pointer finger to start anywhere on the edge of the spider web. They can then trace along the outside border of the web to meet each colored dot. When they “land” at a dot, they can read the directions and deeply breathe in or breathe out. Then, they can follow the along the spiderweb path to the next dot as they continue breathing in or out.
This spider web deep breathing exercise would be a great addition to a spider web obstacle course!
Reminder, please do not share this worksheet with others. Instead, direct them to this website for access. Thank you!
More mindfulness exercises
Here are other mindfulness exercises for kids that you will want to grab:
Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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