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Relaxing storytelling

Learning goals: Focusing the kinesthetic sensation of each muscle, calming down, focusing on a story and following the story line


It’s time for Shy Ant to relax and calm down.


Tell the story and make the movements on your child’s back and arms at the same time. Use soft, smooth, caressing and slow movements to help your child to relax.
You can tell the story a couple of times or your child can wish in the end of the story what movement or picture he or she wants to have on his or her back.

It’s evening and Shy Ant is walking back to its new home after the day of an adventure
Put your hands on the child’s back. Make the ant’s steps with your fingertips


There are stars in the sky and it’s all quiet
Press softly the child’s back with your hand a few times.
Then caress with your hands from top to bottom of the back a few times.


Shy Ant has a small hiding place in the new home. Shy Ant snuggles up to its place.
Make small circles to the child’s back with your hands


Shy Ant closes its eyes. Shy Ant can hear the wind. Swing the child’s back a bit


Moon is in the sky as well. Some of the moon rays reach Shy Ant’s hiding place
Draw a big circle with your hand to the child’s back.
Make the moon rays to the child’s back by caressing the back and arms


It’s quiet, warm and peaceful. Shy Ant falls asleep.  Put your hands on the child’s back and keep them there for a while.

Shy Ant’s tips: Discuss with your child which part was their favourite, was there some way of touching that did not feel nice? You can use the same method with any story, your child can hold their favourite book and turn pages while you illustrate it on their back. You can also change roles.

Toddler Adaptation

Shorten the story or tell a story about a recent event in your life. Finish always in a same way e.g. hugging your toddler. Repeat.