Create your own edible breathing tools to use for relaxation, math manipulatives, and to practice fine motor skills!
Cereal: Any kind of cereal with a circular shape. I used Cheerio’s and Fruit Loops, but check your pantry and use what you have!
Licorice Laces (I found the brand Rayge Candy & Nuts at my local Shoprite). You can also use thin string or yarn, but obviously only eat the Cereal from it.
Breathing Tool: Mindful Moment Manipulative
Take the string, and tie a knot at the end. String 5 pieces of cereal and tie a knot at the other end. With each piece of a cereal, take a deep breath as you move the cereal piece to the other side. Repeat as many times as you would like!
Edible Mala Breathing Bead Bracelets
The word “Mala” in the Yoga Languag Sanskrit means “To String”. A Mala is tangible tool to connect yourself with your breath. You can include a Mantra (positive affirmation) as you breathe and hold on to each cereal piece and say, “I AM STRONG”, “I AM PEACEFUL”, “Breathe In Love, Breathe Out Peace” or create your own. A full mala has 108 pieces, and it is said that if you repeat your Mantra 108 times it resonates with the Universe. To make a quarter of a Mala for a bracelet, string 27 Beads. Get creative with the designs: Maybe you make a Math Pattern, multi color or solid bracelet! Can you think of other edible food to include in your Mala besides Cereal? Pasta Pieces? Other types of circular shaped Snacks? The more we practice Peace in our mind, the more we can share that peace collectively with the world!
If you decide to eat your tools, can you practice Mindful Eating?