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Breathing Star

Invite children to "Breathe with me..." and practice the S.T.A.R. active calming technique with this easy to make tool.

You will need

  • Two manila file folders
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Tape or Glue


  1. Make a 1.5 inch cut on the fold about 1/3 of the way from the bottom.
  2. Fold each side of cut to form two triangle-shaped flaps. Rub thumbnail back and forth to strongly crease flaps (the template can be found below).
  3. Open folder about halfway. Hold in one hand and, with fingers of the other hand, poke flaps through. Fold with flaps inside.
  4. Open folder so that pop-up "mouth" is upwards. With a black marker, draw or trace a star shape so that the upper point is near the top of fold. Draw eyes and a smiling mouth right on opening.
  5. Place a second folder behind first to form back. Glue or tape together.


Cut small rectangles and fold to make mini-breathing stars. Tape each end of a small strip on the back of each side to make finger-holds.

Each child can have his own star to hold. Older children can make their own. Draw or trace a heart shape over opening and make a "talking heart."


Breathing Star Instructions

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Breathing Star Template

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