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Thomas & Friends

Calm Your Engines

Help your little ones calm their engines with breathing/relaxation exercises.

Keeping children calm can be a challenge, especially when they experience anxiety or extra excitement. Though many children are reluctant to take a moment to rest, their bodies need a little relaxation to stay healthy and recharge for the next activity. You can use this activity help ease your child into nap time, or as a relaxation/breathing technique to help him or her calm down, especially after a lot of excitement.

Time: 10-15 minutes

Number of Players: 2 to 4


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  • Ask your child if she has ever felt so excited that she could not calm down. Or, was it ever hard to calm down when it was time to rest? If so, what happened? How did she feel afterwards?
  • Suggest to your child that lots of people have moments during which they get very excited. Sometimes it’s hard for people to calm down – even Thomas and his engine friends get very excited or may have trouble calming down sometimes. Tell your child that sometimes, “Useful Engines” calm their bodies by doing some relaxation breathing.
  • Point to the corresponding “Calm Down” posters. Demonstrate how to “Smell the flowers of Sodor” and breathe in deeply through your nose. Then “Blow out your Steam” by exhaling through your mouth. Practice this process with your child. Encourage her to inhale and exhale slowly as you repeat the phrases. Do this a few times.
  • When the activity is over, remind your child that she now knows a trick to relax that she can practice every day. You might want to hang the Thomas & Friends Calm Down posters in an easily visible place.

Take It Further

  • Not only can your child use Thomas & Friends Calm Down posters breathing for nap time, but she can also use the relaxation technique when she is stressed or angry. Deep breathing can help calm your child and get her ready to move on in her day.
  • Add more cool-down tools to your child’s environment with a Relaxation Box Car. Fill a cardboard box with stress balls, bean bags, bubbles, bubble wrap, and sensory toys. Encourage your child to use an item anytime she wants to relax and calm her engines.

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