“We are now going to take a break. Find a comfortable way to sit, maybe put your head down on your hands. If there is space around you to lie down, you can do that too. Take a couple of deep breaths - Hā ki roto, hā ki waho.”
“While we take a break, you can use your imagination to go wherever you want to. But make sure you keep your body quiet and don’t talk, touch or distract others.”
“Allow your eyes to close or find a spot to look at. Try to be as still as possible, don’t move a muscle. Hā ki roto, hā ki waho. Breathe in, breathe out. Do you feel your breathing? Is it moving your belly? Can you feel it tickle your nose as you breathe in? Keep your attention on wherever you feel your breath.” Pause
“Now squeeze your hands and make a fist, really tight. Breathe in, breathe out and then let go of your hands, soften and relax.” Pause
“Squeeze your legs together really tight. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze… then breathe in, breathe out and let go, relax, relax relax.” Pause
“Repeat to yourself quietly in your mind. I am relaxed, I am relaxed, I am relaxed.” Pause as long as they are quiet. “Start to wiggle your fingers and your toes. Take another deep breath and then stretch to sit back upright.”
* Sometimes you need to do a little wake up stretch/movement so the kids are alert again.