Materials Needed: A willing child, 5 to 10 sheep. (Make with cotton balls, wiggly eyes, glue, and a paper plate.)
Directions: Let the children glue cotton balls all over the plate. Make a small face and glue the wiggly eyes and draw a mouth.
Instructions: Have the children take turns being the sleeper in the middle. The sleeper will close his/her eyes until a timer goes off. (10 seconds works well) Then the sleeper will wake up, which stops the game. If the sleeper hears or senses someone near him/her he can pop up and catch them in the act.
Each child will have a sheep. While the sleeper pretends to sleep let each child bring up a sheep and lay it by the sleeper without getting caught.
Have the children count together the number of sheep they were able to put down before the sleeper awakes.
Cut out the different shapes each representing a different part of a bed.
Common pieces may be the bed frame, a mattress, sheets, a blanket, a pillow and a teddy bear. Have the children add each piece of the bed in the same order as if they were really making their bed.
These calming exercises should be done very slowly with slow meditative breathing, take long slow breaths through the nostrils and be conscious of the body's movement. Remind the children to concentrate on what they are doing, to think about their arm moving, or how their body feels as it stretches.