The Breathing Bell – Mindful Breathing Exercise

This is a short mindful breathing exercise called The Breathing Bell. This activity encourages children to use their imaginations to pause and deep belly breathe. This activity is designed to go alongside A Feelings Book for Children: The Feelings Hotel.

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This activity encourages children to use their imaginations to pause and deep belly breathe

Breathing is an important part of our everyday life, but did you know that it can also help regulate our emotions? When we feel overwhelmed or upset, taking a moment to focus on our breath can help us feel more calm and in control.

Ready to Relax? Let’s try the Breathing Bell

The Breathing Bell activity teaches us to pause and take a breath. It could help us to notice what feelings have checked in or maybe we just need a little break during the day.

What you’ll need:


  1. First find a comfortable place to sit or lie down.
  2. “Imagine a bell in your mind and give it a gentle ding.” If you have a bell you can demonstrate with it.
  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose, filling up your belly with air like a balloon.
  4. Slowly exhale through your mouth, imagining you are blowing out a candle.
  5. Repeat this several times, focusing on the sensation of your breath and how it fills your body.

You’ll Love: Fuzzy Feelings Emotion Cards with Free Printable they are great to use alongside this activity.

As you practice breathing with your child, encourage them to notice how their body feels before and after taking a few deep breaths.

This can help them become more aware of their emotions and how they can use breathing to manage them. Remember, it’s never too early to start practicing mindfulness and self-regulation! Take Care Emma xx

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