119. Hello!: a relaxing story and meditation for kids

Tanner toad greets a new friend with the customary “Hello!” Since the other toad doesn’t respond, Tanner tries a different approach.

Narrator: Male

Story Begins: 8:47

Hello! Excerpt:

Sunshine lit up the earth.  The sky shimmered a bright blue, without a single cloud to bring rain or shade. Tanner toad enjoyed the sun, taking a deep dragon breath, in and out ( in the toasty warm air.  He smiled and closed his eyes, basking until he felt cozy from his head to his toes.


The little toad stretched and began his morning hop around.  Tanner hopped through the flowerbeds, checking on the red roses, orange and yellow snap dragons, green ivy, and purple petunias.  He stopped and took another deep dragon breath, in and out enjoying the wonderful scents in the air.  All the flowers smiled as they soaked in the sun.  Tanner smiled too, as he went hop, hop, hopping by.


Soon, the little toad began to feel hot.  It was time for a break in the shade. Tanner knew where to go, his favorite spot under the ferns.  There was enough shade there to cool off, with a little bit of sunlight filtering through the airy leaves.

Today’s Meditation: Imagine floating on a cloud, and relax into the feeling of lightness.

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