“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. Be very still and imagine that you are outside and it is a bright and sunny day. You feel the warm rays of sunshine on your face and on your neck, it makes you feel so relaxed.”
“You can feel the rays of sunshine on your back. Breathe in and as you breathe out you let your shoulders relax down. Hā ki roto, hā ki waho. You feel the sunshine on your chest and belly”.
“Feel the fresh air as you breathe in and out slowly. Imagine the smell of freshly mowed grass and the flowers around you. Staying very still imagine that you can hear bees buzzing and the wind moving through the trees”.
“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.