These are fun to make and YES they really work!
I cannot take credit for these. I got this idea from the head teacher at my church, who by the way is an amazing spirit and caregiver. Every other week I help out in the preschool class and have seen children quiet their minds using these.
The idea is to use the wands like mala or rosary beads.
Starting at one end of the wand, take one bead between two fingers and take a breath ” In and out”
and then move on to the next bead until you have taken 10 breaths.
Sometimes we call these “Wishing Wands” where we make a good wish with every bead,
then we bring our hands to prayer pose with the wand in between our palms and rub our hands together.
(As if your warming up your hands)
After your wishes are all warmed up
Open up your hands and blow the wishes out into the world.
Here is what you will need to make some:
1/2 to 3/4 inch size beads (larger beads are easier for the little fingers)
pliers and wire cutters
- Have your child pick out their favorite beads. I made these with 10 beads each.
- Eyeball and cut enough wire to string the beads on and leave about 1 1/2 to 2 inches extra .
Using the pliers make a small loop at one end of the wire.
Start beading. Or better yet let your little one do this.
- Close up the wand with another loop, but leave about an inch extra wire to allow easy movement of the beads.
Pass them out to the little yogis in your life!