470. Sudden Snow: a kids’ mindful tale and relaxation

470. Sudden Snow: a kids’ mindful tale and relaxation

It’s a surprise autumn snow! Sydney Snow Plow learns from Sam that snow sometimes falls before wintertime.

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:00

Sudden Snow Excerpt:

With a gentle rumble the large garage door slowly rolled up. As sunlight spilled into the room, Sydney the little snowplow yawned. Outside, red, orange, and yellow leaves tumbled past, propelled by the wind. With each gust, leaves swirled and danced by. Sydney noticed that the trees still held quite a few leaves. That was unusual. When his garage door opened the snowplow rarely saw leaves. When Sydney was out plowing, the trees were completely bare. And the only green trees that Sydney ever saw were pine and fir trees. As Sydney watched and wondered, a large cloud floated past the sun, casting a shadow into the garage. More and more clouds floated towards the large cloud. Beams of sunlight lit the ground like spotlights as the clouds coasted closer and closer together.

 

It was then that the snowplow noticed the people. They hurried past, bundled up and looking at the sky with worried expressions. Sydney wondered what they were so concerned about. There was just a bit of wind and leaves. Nothing to worry about. Just to be sure, the snowplow followed their gaze up to the sky once more. Now, clouds completely covered the sun. They had formed an enormous fluffy blanket that stretched across the sky. The little snow plow smiled, imagining the sun wrapped up in the cozy blanket of clouds. Then it happened. A big puffy snowflake drifted down to the ground. Another flake followed, but it was scooped up by a leaf, blown by a gust of wind.

Today’s Meditation: Happiness and love flow through you in this meditation.

Looking for a way to help your child learn emotional regulation and how to self soothe? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Sudden Snow,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Sudden Snow!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

406 Families of Missoula lists us on their Favorite Podcasts for Kids roundup!

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, Sassy Mama Singapore recommends us for limiting screen-time while sheltering at home, and Haven Magazine Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!

 

Thank you for listening with us today!
169. Plucky Pandas: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

169. Plucky Pandas: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Huan the panda needs some help climbing a tall bamboo, but he wants to do it himself. His friend Daiyu tries to help him understand that asking for help is ok.

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Plucky Pandas” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:36

Plucky Pandas Excerpt:

Soft grey skies covered the bamboo forest. Huan the Panda opened his eyes. The little panda smiled as he looked up through the towering plants. Their bright green leaves stood out against the dull sky. Huan stretched and watched for his friend Daiyu. The little panda thought he saw something moving towards him in the distance. Huan watched carefully. Was it Daiyu? If it was, she was taking her sweet time. Huan concentrated, trying to figure it out, when suddenly, “Good morning Huan!” The little panda bear jumped up feeling startled, and turned around.

 

“Oh! Good morning Daiyu. You surprised me.” Huan said.

 

“What were you watching so closely?” Daiyu asked peering off in the same direction Huan had been looking.

 

“I thought you were coming from that way. I guess it’s just the breeze.” Huan said, shrugging his shoulders.

 

“Must be.” Daiyu said. “I don’t see anything now.” A rumbling noise distracted the little panda and she looked back at Huan. “Are you hungry?” she asked.

 

“My tummy seems to think so.” Huan said rubbing his belly. “Time for breakfast.” Huan looked up at the bamboo and started to climb. The bamboo was slippery and Huan slowly slid back down to the ground. The little panda couldn’t reach the leaves.

Today’s Meditation: Be calm during this progressive relaxation from your head to your toes.

Looking for a way to help your child learn emotional regulation and how to self soothe? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Plucky Pandas,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Plucky Pandas!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

We’re honored that the website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

We’re included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
163. Sharing a Snack: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

163. Sharing a Snack: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

Dragon and Oliver the elephant feel a little hungry. What can they have for a snack?

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Sharing a Snack” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:31

Sharing a Snack Excerpt:

The curious dragon peered out from the cozy cave and eagerly watched the sun set. The dragon could hardly wait to return to the animal sanctuary and explore some more.The hmmm from the sparkling train faded into the distance, and the dragon knew it was time to go. The dragon stepped outside the cave, stretched its wings wide, then lifted up off the ground. Hovering above the forest, the dragon looked for the train’s tracks and then followed them once more. The dragon smiled, and passing the beach, waved to Benji the bucket and Paula the blue penguin. Warm air surrounded the dragon above the beach land, and then slowly the air began to cool. The dragon smiled, and waved to Beau the beluga whale and Princely the penguin as the land turned white, covered in snow. The dragon followed along the tracks until the white snow melted away, and the land changed to green and brown.The dragon looked for the peaceful pool of water, and landed in the sanctuary.

 

Oliver the elephant rested with his herd. He heard a noise and looked up. The dragon had come back! The little elephant smiled, happy to see the dragon again. The little elephant hopped up and ran over to the dragon. The dragon felt a little worried at the sight of the elephant bounding forward at full speed. Oliver screeched to a stop and wrapped the dragon in a big hug with his trunk. The squished dragon smiled and began to wiggle out of the little elephant’s grasp. Oliver noticed that his great big hug had made the dragon feel uncomfortable, and apologized. “Sorry dragon, I was just so excited to see you again. I guess I over did it.”

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

Looking for a way to help your child learn emotional regulation and how to self soothe? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Sharing a Snack,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Sharing a Snack!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

We’re included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
450. Terrific Tree: a short story and meditation for kids

450. Terrific Tree: a short story and meditation for kids

Peanut and Nutsy the Squirrels check on the acorn they planted. Has it grown since they saw it last?

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 9:39

Terrific Tree Excerpt:

Peanut the Squirrel sat on a sturdy branch next to the trunk of the oak tree. She sniffed the air as a breeze circled around her and ruffled her fur. The leaves whistled as the wind danced around them. The red squirrel took a deep dragon breath, in and out,  wondering where her friend Nutsy was. He would enjoy the refreshing breeze too.

 

Just then, Peanut heard a rustling of leaves. She looked up in time to see Nutsy tumbling down through the branches. Nutsy rolled to a stop at her feet.

 

“Whoops!” he said as he stood up. “I guess I missed that branch by a little bit. It’s good I have lightning quick reflexes.”

 

Peanut giggled and shook her head. “If you would slow down just a little Nutsy, you wouldn’t fall through the tree so often. But I’m glad you’re here. Isn’t the breeze wonderful?”

 

As an answer to her comment the breeze circled the two squirrels, fluffing up their fur.

Today’s Meditation: Feel your muscles relax as you check in with your body from head to toe.

Looking for a podcast to help settle your child in for nap time, bedtime or a break?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Terrific Tree” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Terrific Tree!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!”

We’re honored that the website of Aitkin County, Minnesota lists us as a resource for boosting mental health in kids during COVID-19. The website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems also includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

406 Families of Missoula lists us on their Favorite Podcasts for Kids roundup!

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, Sassy Mama Singapore recommends us for limiting screen-time while sheltering at home, and Haven Magazine Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

Thank you for being calm with us on Ahway Island!
446. Wobbly Wheelbarrow

446. Wobbly Wheelbarrow

Wanda the Wheelbarrow wonders what will happen today. As she waits, the door to the shed opens. Max and Mia want to do some gardening and they need her help!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:22

Wobbly Wheelbarrow Excerpt:

A flicker of light rolled through the opening below the red shed doors. The little wheelbarrow smiled as light traveled up, up, up, between the doors, finally spilling through the window. It was morning!

Wanda the Wheelbarrow loved watching the sunrise. She wondered what she might do today. Would she help a new tree find a home? Would she help make a new bed for some colorful flowers? Maybe she would help make a garden. Her mind raced with the possibilities. She needed to calm herself, so Wanda took a deep Dragon Breath, in and out. That felt better. The little wheelbarrow felt a bit calmer.

Then she heard the doors squeak. Someone was coming! The little orange wheelbarrow could hardly wait for the door to open. Sunshine flooded into the shed. As Wanda grew accustomed to the light, she noticed a little boy and girl standing there.

“What should we do today?” the girl asked the boy.

“I don’t know, Mia,” he replied. “I was thinking about the garden, and what we need to get started.”

Today’s Meditation: Today, enjoy the feeling of your body relaxing into the warm sand on a sunny beach.

Looking for stories that emphasize acceptance, understanding, and empathy? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Wobbly Wheelbarrow,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Wobbly Wheelbarrow!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!”

We’re honored that the website of Aitkin County, Minnesota lists us as a resource for boosting mental health in kids during COVID-19. The website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems also includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

406 Families of Missoula lists us on their Favorite Podcasts for Kids roundup!

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, Sassy Mama Singapore recommends us for limiting screen-time while sheltering at home, and Haven Magazine Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

Special Announcement!

Special Announcement!

Hello Ahway Islanders!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our Patreon Membership Program!

Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor.  Offering a Membership Program will help continue to grow Ahway Island, and we hope you will support us!

You’ll be able to choose from 3 Membership Levels.

Our Sparkling Train Members will receive:
  • Access to our Archives — an ever-growing collection of our past episodes available on-demand!
  • Access to an exclusive, new 2nd episode released every Wednesday — just for our Patreon members!
  • Monthly bonus content (which could include extra episodes, exclusive activities, special songs, or other surprises)!
Our Dragon Members will receive all the Sparkling Train benefits, plus the following additional content:
  • Welcome Packet
  • Access to the Meditation Collection
  • Access to the Story Collection
  • And more! (see our Patreon page for more information)
And finally, Ahway World Members will receive all the Sparkling Train and Dragon benefits, plus:
  • A handwritten thank you card
  • Story PDFs
  • A customized episode
  • And more! (see our Patreon page for more information)

Click here for more details. For questions, email theteam@ahwayisland.com

 

Thank you so much for your support! We love our Ahway Islanders!