272. Silly Scenery: a calming nap time story for children

Brianna, Rogelio, and Helen paint scenery for their play on a rainy day.

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Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 8:13

Silly Scenery Excerpt:

Raindrops rolled down the kitchen windows as Brianna gazed outside. A rumble shook the house, and the rain began to beat even stronger on the roof.  Brianna hoped her friends wouldn’t get too wet.  She felt excited! Today Helen and Rogelio were coming over to paint the scenery for their island play.  She had placed a pile of scrap paper on the table, along with white paper for them to paint on.  Three of her dad’s old shirts were hung neatly on a chair, waiting for their new life as art smocks to begin. The paints were neatly arranged so that Brianna Rogelio and Helen could all reach the colors they needed, and she had paper towels ready to go in case there was a spill. Brianna was a little worried that Helen would be messy, like last time.  She had never seen anyone get paint all over like that.  Although Brianna did have to admit that Helen’s paintings were pretty fantastic.


The rain slowed to a steady drip-drop and then she heard a knock on the door.  Brianna ran over and opened it.  Helen and Rogelio smiled and stepped inside. They had managed to find a good time to walk to the house. The rain had slowed considerably. “That was lucky!” Rogelio said.

Today’s Meditation: Relax in the grass as you imagine sunlight warming you from head to toe.

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