Review & Giveaway: Imaginations Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids

Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids

Book Description

This book provides stories to help children learn to calm their bodies and relax their minds. Wildly imaginative and whimsically joyful, Carolyn Clarke’s guide is a wonderful tool for children to learn that the most important spaces in life are often the quiet moments in between. The stories and illustrations contained in this volume help children learn to calm themselves and release the tension of their lives in a positive, healing manner. A child’s ability to consciously relax their body and clear their mind can help address a myriad of issues, such as anxiety, stress, and excessive worry; sleep disorders, nightmares, and fear of the dark at bedtime; anger issues; focus and concentration issues; special needs, including ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, autism, and OCD; depression; low self-esteem; grief; and life changes such as moving, divorce, or changing schools.

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463512023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463512026
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches

What I LOVE about this book:

  • Includes 18 relaxation scripts specifically written for kids. The scripts are short and based on kid-friendly themes (getting ready for relaxation, beach, stars, hot air balloon, bubbles, trees, flying, clouds, space, enchanted forest, hiking, sending love, under the sea, tree house, flower potion, seeds, colors, loving kindness). Most of these are themes commonly used in kids yoga classes so this book is sure to become a loved & well used resource!
  • These relaxation scripts will also be helpful in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Many of the kids I see have high levels of anxiety and often have difficulty sleeping. I often incorporate relaxation techniques into my sessions, especially for kids with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD & Stuttering.
  • The scripts are free of any wording that have religious connotations which makes them easy to use in any setting. Only two (enchanted forest & magic flower potion) make references to “magic”. But it will be easy to modify these two scripts to leave out references to magic.
  • Each 2-page spread has a script & a full page illustration. The illustrations capture the essence of the script and many have a “retro” feel to them. I love having a picture to show kids before I read a relaxation script. Many of the kids I work with have special needs and relate well to visuals.
  • Large easy to read text.
  • Great additional info in the introduction sections. Love the simplified intro written specifically for kids!
  • Includes pictures & instructions for four yoga poses as prep for relaxation (knee hug, happy baby, legs up & starfish savasana)

A sneek-peek inside the book (from preview on Amazon):

Author’s Website: http://www.imaginationsforkids.com/ & her kids yoga website/blog: http://www.sdyogakids.com/

Price at the time of this post: $19.99

Available for purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Imaginations-Relaxation-Stories-Meditations-Kids/dp/1463512023

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this book.  (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this book. If you only enter via blog post comment, you must also send me an e-mail with your mailing address (send to amoorad1@juno.com. You will not need to do this if you also entered via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook since your address will be provided on that entry (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Helpful Info & Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save you the step of e-mailing me your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. FYI…. I use a free app from Shortstack for that tab and have no control over technical difficulties either on their end or on Facebook. In the event that you experience difficulties with the tab you can submit an entry via e-mail providing your full name, e-mail address, mailing address, how you would be using the book. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com. Unfortunately Facebook rules prohibit me from accepting entries directly from posts or comments on Facebook.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on August 28, 2012.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • International entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook or e-mail may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Three (3) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on August 29, 2012.
  • Each winner will receive one (1) copy of the book.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • Each winner’s address will be forwarded to the publishing company and they will be mailing the prize directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: $19.99

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids book but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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  6. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners: Chantal Leseman, Dana DesJardins & Jennifer Hatfield.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! There were a total of 48 entries. All the entries were very touching….. I wish we could send a book to each one of you!

    Be looking for another fun review & giveaway on OMazing Kids soon :)

    Thanks!

    Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
    Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma
    Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
    Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
    E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
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  7. Here are the comments from the entries received via the “Enter Giveaways Here…” tab on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. Wow! The abundance of entries in this giveaway just about maxed out the capacity on my e-mail inbox:

    1. I love doing stories during the relaxation part of my kid’s classes, I absolutely think it helps them sit/lay longer. I would love to use this book.
    2. I would love to use this book in my free outreach Yoga Gangsters classes for youth with Special Needs at Jackson Miami Hospital in Miami, FL! :)))
    3. This book would be helpful for the relaxation at the end of my kids classes and for
    helping my son at bedtime!
    4. I am a school social worker in an elementary school with high poverty and diversity of students. I work with ages 5-12 in grades -5. I have been teaching kids some yoga and breathing techniques and have been going to workshops and adding to my collection of yoga materials.
    5. Will use this at home initially with my 6 year old, and then use in class with the
    YogaKiddos that I teach on Saturdays.
    6. I teach a stress relief through art, yoga and meditation class, 5 days a week in my
    community. I am always looking for new ideas.
    7. I have found only a few books that work well for relaxing kids and to use during
    savasana. This one sounds like it would be appealing to a large range of kids. I have in my yoga classes kids K=9th grade at a private school for children with autism and other developmental delays and a mix of special needs and typical developing children at the yoga studio I teach at.
    8. With my children labeled “ECI” at a new Early Head Start Program that are
    being swept under the carpet. The more yoga, the more self-soothing, the more peace I can help them create and learn, the better chance I think they have in the big picture. Some are being threatened from being removed from the program because their stimming is too distracting to the other children. Please help! Thank you!
    9. I am a early education teacher and I am focusing this year on meditation and yoga for the little ones. This would be a perfect fit for my classroom. Thanks!
    10. I would love to use this book to enhance my kids yoga classes. I find that the end of class relaxation/meditation is often their favorite part! It would be great to have this new tool to help me make the most of that time.
    11. Would use with k-5 kids in my role as School Social Worker & Mom!
    12. I teach Yoga at studios & on site in schools! Could also use when I babysit :)
    13. I would use this book in my monthly “Kids Night Out” class. The class will be on Friday nights, and I would love to help the kids transition from a busy week to a more relaxing, enjoyable weekend….
    14. I’ll be using this to guide my children’s yoga classes through Savasana! Plus…I know sweet Carolyn. She’s great!
    15. I teach children’s yoga and feel this would be great for final relaxation and teaching other meditation techniques.
    16. This book has some lovely ideas for meditation which would be great as I’m always looking for new resources and ideas for my classes teaching kids ranging in ages 4-teens! Thanks again for the great giveaway opportunity OMazing kids, you truly are OMAZING :)
    17. Hello, my name is Chantal and I’m from Holland. I would be using this book with the kids I work with. They are from poor families, most of them single parent. I teach them to work with their breath and teach them how meditating can make them stronger and can teach them cope with life. My students are from all over the world. Thank you in advance for the great opportunity to win this book, greetings from Holland, Chantal
    18. Hi! I am finally, after several years, beginning my Therapy in Motion class which will include some Yoga based moves. This class is for those with speech, language and learning difficulties and their parents. I am so excited to share my love of music, Yoga and movement with them. The thing I have been most *nervous* about is the guided meditation as I needed a springboard and this is it. Many thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this gem.
    19. Guided meditation is one of the cornerstones of my yoga classes. You can see kids of all ages melting into the mat and going on a journey. What a gift! Can’t wait to see what’s inside this book!
    20. I would use this book in my kids yoga class. My students love guided imagery! Relaxation is one of their favorite parts of class! I would love some new ideas for relaxation and meditation.
    21. I am always looking for new relaxation stories to use in the children’s classes I teach at preschools and yoga studios. There are hundreds of kids that would benefit from this book each week. It would be put to great use.
    22. I’d like to use it for my yoga class or my work, I’m a yoga teacher and a babysitter (in Rome, Italy)
    23. I would be sharing them with the children of Tulsa in my yoga classes :)
    24. One of the girls I nanny for has been having some trouble getting to sleep and staying to sleep, so I am trying to find some calming activities for her to do pre-bedtime. This would be perfect!
    25. I am a yoga instructor and specialize in applying yoga and meditation practices to living with grief after the death of a loved one. I also have a 3.5 year old son. I would use this book in both roles….and after reading the tid-bits from the book itself, I would use the meditations and relaxations myself! Thank you!!
    26. In my kids yoga classes and also I would be using it with my own two kids who love to read books and practice relaxation.
    27. I would use this book for children’s yoga classes and in my preschool classroom to help the children calm and settle their minds and bodies. In the yoga classes I would use it as a part of Savasana (older children’s class) or as our story/literacy component in the younger children’s class, inspiring our Asanas. Also, the stories would work well in my mentor class for big brother big sister as a way to help the bigs and littles connect with one another, they could read the story to each other for a calming activity. In my preschool class we could use the stories to begin our rest time, helping the children settle themselves for either a refreshing rest or a restoring break in their busy days.
    28. This fall I’ll be fulfilling a wish to teach children’s yoga at a yoga studio. I’m am so excited for this new adventure and looking to incorporate everything I learned in trainings as well as new and fresh ideas that come my way.
    29. I will be getting my kids yoga certification soon and this will help me so much in my classes. So excited to help kids.
    30. I am a teacher that works with students ages 18-21 in an Autism/Developmental Disabilities classroom in Bloomington, MN. We have a daily relaxation time in our schedule. This year I plan to take relaxation time a step further and provide some yoga opportunities as well as a variety of guided relaxation activities. This book would help me in this effort.
    31. I teach Kid´s Yoga in a school in Mexico City and I´m always looking for new materials to have more fun in my classes. I teach in Pre-school and Primary School. I also teach Laughter Yoga for adults and I use my Kid´s materials with my 40 to 60 year old students and they love, for an hour a week, being kids again.
    32. For my special education and yoga class.
    33. I would love to use this book for my childrens yoga classes – “funkyfit kids”. I go out to schools, kindergartens and child care centres all around south Australia delivering yoga for kids.
    34. I would use the book for relaxation sessions for children. I teach yoga in schools to children in the Riverina region (Wagga Wagga) of Australia. We are 3 hrs from the nearest capitol city, and I am passionate about sharing relaxation and yoga practices with children in our community. I have found that the children really enjoy guided visualisations as a relaxation practice, and they ask for them to be repeated over and over. Some new ideas would be fabulous.
    35. I have two adopted preschoolers a boy and a girl and trying to use yoga and mindfulness techniques to help them adjust and deal with the stress of starting a new life.
    36. Love kid friendly relaxation scripts. This book looks lovely. I’ll use it during savasana with my #kidsyoga classes – thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    37. I would love to use this book in my Mommy & Me and Preschooler yoga classes. I am always looking for different ways to practice meditations with young children. It would also be fun to have a book like this that I could loan to parents for them to try with their children at home.
    38. I think this would be a great book to help teach meditation to children. I have witnessed the amazing effects of relaxation in many children including my own.I also find when I use a story or imagery the kids really get into it.I have children in preschool and kindergarten and I can’t wait to come to their classes and do yoga with them, I feel so blessed to be able to this, YOGA has made this possible and for that I’m eternally grateful.
    39. My daughter loves guided meditation, but I’m starting to run out of ideas so this would be so fun for us!
    40. I would use this in the preschool classroom and my children’s yoga classes.

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  8. Posted by Laurea Palmantier on August 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I would love to have this book to help teach meditation to children.I myself find visualizations help me with my meditation.I often use imagery to help the the kids relax.It would be nice to have more resources in that area.My son and daughter love relaxation stories before bed(and so do I ).If they still nap in Kindergarten I would love to go to my daughter’s class and enhance the relaxation with some stories and imagery!

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  9. Love kid friendly relaxation scripts. This book looks lovely. I’ll use it during savasana with my #kidsyoga classes.

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  10. Posted by Julie Johnston on August 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

    One of the girls I nanny for has had trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep and I have been looking for some calming pre-bedtime activities. This would be great!

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  11. I am a yoga instructor and specialize in applying yoga and meditation practices to living with grief after the death of a loved one. I also have a 3.5 year old son. I would use this book in both roles….and after reading the tid-bits from the book itself, I would use the meditations and relaxations myself! Thank you!!

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  12. I am a Elementary School Physical Education teacher who teaches Pre-k thru 5th. I incorporate yoga and relaxation in all of my classes. This would be a great resource to use as we end our classes to bring them to a centered place as I send them back to their academic classes.

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  13. This looks like a fabulous book choc-full of great ideas, would definitely treasure it for my kids classes which range in age from 4 to teens!! Thanks so much for the chance at a great resource!!

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  14. Posted by Rita on August 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    With some children in an ECI program at an Early Head Start Program where I teach. The more tools these kids have to navigate life and nurture themselves as amazing, the better! Thank you!

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  15. Posted by jlkwilson on August 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I love doing stories during the relaxation part of my kid’s classes, I absolutely think it helps them sit/lay longer. I would love to use this book.

    Reply

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