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Hand Breathing

Calming breathing activity.

Learning Goals

  • Learning strategies that increase feelings of calmness and control.
Child's hands spread out, flower bracelets on wrists with flowered shirt sleeves.

Curriculum Connection

Over time, with practice, observation and coaching, students begin to build a personal “coping toolbox” that they can carry with them through life.

Health and Physical Education –
Stress Management and Coping Skills


  • Electronic device, or –
  • Hand-drawn template of the learner’s hand


  • Sit comfortably, in a quiet setting.
  • Have device with sound available, or template to draw along the hand outline.

Support learners through adult imitation and direction.
For beginner learners, use thumbs up and thumbs down signals to indicate state of calmness.

Verbal Prompts

Let’s use our hand to do calm breathing.
First, Rate how you feel on a scale of 1 to 5.
1 is very calm and centered and 5 is very upset or stressed.
Or, you can give a thumbs up or thumbs down to describe how you’re feeling.
Next, turn on the hand breathing video.
Use your finger to follow along through your fingers
Then, tell me if your number is now lower, or can you give a thumbs up now?

Good for you! You just used your hand to calm your breathing
Let’s check your schedule.