Visualization is a powerful tool to focus the mind on one specific idea. If you are seeing the color of your imaginary blanket then you are not thinking about what you are having for dinner. Closing your eyes helps further take away any distractions. At first it might be hard for some children to close their eyes. If this is the case, you might want them to lie on their stomachs so they can not move their head around.
Connecting to Breath
By focusing on calm breathing, inhaling and exhaling, children can feel how their lungs expand and contract, how their bellies move up and down and how the air is drawn in and pushed out through their noses. They can feel how their breathing effects their bodies. It gives them a sense of body awareness.
When the body and mind have a chance to reconnect it can be very peaceful. The children are not being asked to do anything except be, breath and focus on your voice. It is a time to take a break from all the stimulation of the outside world. This is also a great tool to use to transition from a very active activity to a quiet activity because you are giving the children a chance to change focus and pace.
You might find that guiding the meditation is very peaceful and relaxing for you to. I always do! Let me know if you try this out and how your students/kids respond!
Have fun reconnecting with the children in your life!