How to make:
1. Print the star (1 page PDF) & cut it out leaving a small border of white.
2. Laminate & cut it out again leaving a small border of lamination to help it stay sealed.
3. Attach to foam star with permanent glue runner tape.
(I tried Superglue, Zots adhesive dots & glue runner tape. Superglue did not work well at all. Zots were difficult to position. The permanent glue runner tape worked well. I outlined the back of the laminated star and then put some in the middle before rubbing it down onto the foam star)
4. Kids can decorate the back of their foam star by drawing a picture of something that is calming to them.
Thanks to Edna Reinhardt at Yoga Education Resources for sparking the idea of mounting them on something so the kids can run their finger along the edges of the star as they practice the breathing. I went with foam stars since they are soft, colorful & precut.
I reconfigured and resized the printable to fit the 6.75” foam stars from Creatology at Michaels. I have seen similar stars at Walmart.
This is a wonderful self-calming breathing activity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, stuttering & other special needs.
Looking for the full page breathing star printable? See the original post: Five Count Breathing Visual Support
Concept inspired by this handout I found online about “Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids and Their Helpful Adults!” by Paris Goodyear-Brown: http://bookwhen.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/documents/4140/original.pdf?1360464416.
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Hi Angela, I’ve just tried to click on the link for the file to print out the star but it says file is corrupted and broken. Would you be able to send me the pdf please. I work in in a school for children with pmld in Cumbria in England and have started a chill skills club and am about to start an after school yoga/relaxation/massage for parents and children. Your site has been Very inspirational and useful, many thanks, Hilary
P.S. I would love to use these when we return to school next week.
Hi Hilary – Here’s the link. I just opened the PDF and it worked for me: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/five-count-breathing-visual-support-resized-and-reconfigured-to-fit-on-6-75-inch-foam-stars-from-creatology1.pdf. If it still won’t open, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com and I can send you the PDF. 🙂
Thank you ,have tried going through google chrome instead and it works!