610: Race Car Referee: a calming short story for children

Blanka Bunny learns how to play with some new toys who aren’t exactly the same as her.

Narrator: Male

Story Begins: 4:37

Race Car Referee Excerpt:

It was a windy day on Ahway Island. The wind blew all around the streets and yards and houses, picking up green leaves and tickling the birds as they flew around the beautiful island. Blanka Toy Bunny peeked out of Anora’s backpack, the wind blowing around her floppy yellow plush ears.


Today was an exciting day for Blanka. She and Anora were going to visit Anora’s friend Mike for a play date. Blanka had never been to Mike’s house but she hoped there would be plenty of new toys to meet.


Blanka loved to play with other toys. Whenever she could, she always joined Anora on play dates or sleepovers. Blanka was good friends with Alyssa Doll, Uli Unicorn, and Neil Nutcracker.

Today’s Meditation: Feel calm and relaxed as you imagine a baby elephant and its mama.

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