This is a quick breathing strategy that can easily be done via video chat: starfish breathing! Hold your hand up to the screen and begin to trace your fingers, starting with your thumb. As your finger moves up the finger, have students breathe in, and as it moves down the finger, breathe out. Slowly trace your thumb up (breathe in), and down (breathe out), then move to the pointer finger. As you finish tracing your fingers, you will have done five deep, slow breaths in and out in the shape of your hand (or to make it more fun for kids – in the shape of a starfish!)

This is a great breathing activity that can be done in the classroom but easily works by video as well. Be sure to mute students during this time so that there are no distracting sounds.

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