Movement. It’s so important right now! For kids AND for grownups. Lots of us are on screens for hours and hours in a row, more than we ever have been before—trying to stay connected, to stay in school, to stay working. Movement breaks are key, and they can be as simple as setting an alarm to do a quick stretch every half hour.
Grab your little ones and try this simple and fun one. Extra points for a really authentic MEOW!
Sit up tall, and clasp your fingers together.
Stretch your arms straight out in front of you, and turn your hands so your palms are pressing out away from your body.
Take a big breath in, let the air out, and round your back like a kittycat stretching.
Meow…. Pull your belly in, and press your hands as far away from you as you can!
Take another big breath in, let the air out, and really ROUND your back, like a kittycat stretching.
Meow…! Let your hands go. Give your arms a little shake!
Do it again if you like!
"Kittycat Stretch" is from my children’s mindfulness book Breathe Like a Bear, illustrated by Anni Betts.
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