Breathing Techniques



Welcome to the Breathing Technique Resource Posters and Cards

Breathing techniques that encourage a sense of calm and relaxation can be highly effective tools for anxious children and to promote emotional well-being in your setting.

By teaching children how to control and steady their breath, these techniques help reduce the physical symptoms of emotional overwhelm, such as a racing heart or tense muscles. Simultaneously, they calm racing thoughts and provide a soothing sense of tranquillity.

What sets these techniques apart for children is their accessibility and ease of use. The photographs can be used on display boards, within lessons, in assemblies, linking them to class displays and intervention packs. A consistent, predictable approach to promoting emotional health.

Photograph-based Breathing Techniques Include:

  • Blowing bubbles
  • Belly breathing
  • Blow Pinwheel/Feather
  • Hoberman Sphere
  • Triangle and Square Breathing
  • Blow out a Candle
  • Blue Skies
  • Darth Vader
  • Ocean Breathing
  • Colour Breathing
  • 5-5-10
  • Volcano Breath
  • Explosion Breath
  • Nostril Breathing
  • Woodchopper Breathing

Evidenced-Based Research:

  • A study published in the journal “Child: Care, Health and Development” in 2015, found that a 12-week breathing technique intervention significantly reduced anxiety symptoms in children aged 6-11 years old.  The study titled, “Breathing Techniques for Anxiety in Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, was conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter.

Revised Resource Date:  September 2023



  • To provide children with an effective tool for emotional regulation
  • To provide visual cues that act as anchors, making it easier for children to remember and engage in these techniques both independently and in various settings
  • To promote a deeper awareness of bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts

In the Pack

This pack contains:

  • 19 A4 Landscape Posters of Techniques
  • Posters in Card Size (2 per A4 sheet)
  • Posters in Smaller Cards (for tables, lanyards, or keyring) (8 per A4 sheet)

Font: Arial

Format: High Quality PDF File

Number of Pages:  35