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The Wishing Star

52 creative visualisations


Written by Marneta Viegas - founder of Relax Kids, the Wishing Star is full of creative visualisations, meditations and relaxations. Children can imagine they are lying in soft grass, sitting in a peaceful cave, watching a beautiful sunset and flying like a bird.
The book is full of deep body relaxations, lovely nature inspired visualisations and fantasy story meditations. It is a great way to introduce meditation and mindfulness to young children.

The Wishing Star book is a highly imaginative and captivating book that holds children's attention while allowing them to relax. It is an invaluable bedtime and classroom tool. Each relaxation lasts around 4-5 minutes and is perfect to bring rest and calm to the room. The relaxations have been designed to help children relax and destress.

This book is designed to engage children while introducing them to relaxation and simple stress-management techniques. Relaxation strategies such as progressive muscle relaxation and visual imagery have been shown to be extremely effective treatment components for reducing stress and anxiety in children.

These story meditations are a wonderful way for children to explore learning and mindfulness. Children love to tell stories, role-play stories and teach others what they learn from stories. Research supports that mindful meditation calms the brain, inspires creativity and enhances cognitive and social-emotional skills.

Practiced regularly, these exercises can have a profound effect on children’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

This book can be used in the classroom to bring quiet and calm before lessons, during assemblies, PSHE classes, after PE and during wet play time.

This is a soft back book.

Benefits of using this book:
Improves sleep
Improves immune system(relaxation boosts immune system)
improves concentration and focus
Improves listening skills
Improves self-esteem and positivity
Improves emotional health and literacy
Improves creativity and imagination
Improves ability to cope with stress and anxiety
Supports emotional resilience

  1. Karen

    Was given a copy to use to help my class settle after break times. I would not be without it now!

  2. Antionia Chitty, Family Friendly Working

    J, 4, fights sleep every night. Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying this Relax Kids book as a way to help him wind down and switch off. We’ve been using Relax Kids: The Wishing Star. The book contains 52 one page readings: J calls them "the imagine books" as each begins, ‘Close your eyes, be very still, and imagine…’ Then, the reading takes you and your child on an imaginary journey. You may be reading about a fairytale character, riding a flying carpet or imagining that you are a robot switching off. Each reading has a theme, like ‘I am Quiet’, ‘I am Still’, or ‘I am Free’. It is easy to choose readings that both appeal to J’s imagination and help him wind down. To start off with, he was worried about ‘imagining’, but within a few days he had got to grips with the way each reading works. He looks eagerly through the pictures and gets involved in choosing which meditation or story we will read each night. I’d recommend these books for any family that finds that life is just non stop and wants a child-friendly way too wind down.

  3. Julie

    I`ve got one of your mediation books and I use it to facilitate teenagers relaxation sessions...love it!

  4. C Flannagan

    Lovely images to plant in the young mind of children, a nice way to settle and bring the mind and body to rest whilst working at deeper subconcious levels. I highly recomend this book

  5. Lisa Burgin

    Invaluable when an ASD child about to go into meltdown!!! They work so well in our Special School

  6. Corey, age 11, Florida

    This really helps me calm down after a crazy day of lessons. It makes me feel relaxed and comfortable, way better than stressed out and frazzled.

  7. Anna Pereira

    I am a Recreation Therapist working with pediatric surgery patients at a children’s hospital in Los Angeles. It was refreshing to read this book. It is a wonderful compilation of imagery, progressive relaxation and autogenic exercises for children. I have found all of the meditations to be peaceful and creative. Thank you for producing such a wonderful resource for children. It truly is inspiring.

  8. Edith Gruss

    Great book, my children love it, very relaxing. Couldn`t recomend this more, a real treasure!!

  9. These books are absolutely amazing and I would strongly recommend them to anyone who has children - regardless of their age. I play them at bed time to both of my boys (6 and 8), and they love them.

  10. Emma Grant Williams

    The results were immediate. I began using one or two stories each week with some energetic children from my drama class and the change was immediate: children who were often the most disruptive in class were actually the first to respond, and soon the class began to demonstrate more focus, cooperation and listening skills than ever before! An invaluable bedtime and classroom tool, it`s so adaptable - some of the stories I use just as easily with teens and adults as with 3-year-olds!

  11. Edith Gruss

    Great book, my children love it, very relaxing. Couldnt recomend this more, a real treasure!

  12. N Hurcombe

    Very calming and relaxing for settling children before sleep. Also helps deal with any worries they may have. Wish I`d had this years ago! Highly recommended.

  13. Louise

    I brought it as i was told it would help my daughter through a stage of panic attacks and so far it is helping her and me get through it so i do recommend to buy this book as there .

  14. Elida

    Every evening I read a meditation from the The Relax Kids The Wishing Star with my six year old son. He says he loves the lovely feeling it gives him, and so do I. It brings such a beautiful energy into our lives and for that I am so thankful.

  15. LA Cargil

    a wonderful gift for an anxious young reader, October 30, 2008 By L. A. Cargill (Greenbrae, CA USA) - See all my reviews My 8-year old has trouble settling down for the night. She says so many thoughts are running through her head, she can`t sleep (even after we read together!) This book has made the task of calming herself so much easier - and she loves it. It was well worth the price.

  16. M Winter

    I got this for my daughter who was having a very unsettled first year at school. It has helped to calm her down. She likes to read it at anytime, even in the bath. She took it to school and her teacher got a copy of it too. I think the book combined with one of the CD`s is probably best to start with. There is also a DVD with some of the meditations from this book.

  17. Pauline

    My daughter has this book, bought by a very grateful friend. It has given my daughter her an opportunity to experience her own meditations, as I have meditated for years but due to her age of 7 the adult visualisations have been to lengthy. It has given her wonderful relaxing, inspirational experiences to still the mind of hectic daily thoughts and develop a new skill. Thank you from a grateful mum and daughter.

  18. I Ellis

    Great to do anytime and anywhere. My child loves this book and wont go to bed without it now. Affirmations are really simple and easy to remember. Would definately recommend this book

  19. Iain T

    Great stuff. This is the third CD we have from Relax kids and they are all very good. Nice to read them in conjunction with the book too.

  20. Belinda Blake

    This is one of the best books Ive bought for my daughter! She loves it. She sometimes goes through phases of not being able to get to sleep and this is the book we always go back to. When she cant get her mind to stop turning things over, one of these relaxes and gives her something for her busy little brain to get hold of and drift away by itself. Each story ends with a little affirmation for the child to say aloud (or inside their head if that feels more comfortable) to reinforce the message of safety, or calm or happiness etc. Its simply written and the imagery used is truly magical. If nothing else it gives the child a few minutes of lying still, eyes closed, listening to your voice. We now use the book as a starting point for her to make up her own stories, either expanding the one we`ve just read, or going off on a tangent to a completely different one. I think this could become a childhood classic for my daughter, one that she`ll be able to return to all through her life.