Exercises for Speech Breathing Development in Children

    Speech Breathing

    The last time I was talking about the correlation between speech breathing and language development in children. So now let’s practice some entertaining exercises for breathing development that are targeted at mouth exhalation training and will be useful for you, readers, as well.

    Both you and child should stand straight, not to lift shoulders during exhalation, blow in one exhalation and not to inhale additional air; not to blow cheeks, and slightly pull the lips forward.

    Fly, butterfly!

    Goal: to develop a long-term continuous oral exhalation; activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: 2-3 bright paper butterflies.

    How to play: tie a 20-40 cm thread to each butterfly; attach the threads to a cord at some distance from each other. Pull the cord so that the butterflies hang on the level of the standing child’s face.

    Show the child the butterflies and offer to play with them.
    Look, how beautiful the colorful butterflies are! Let’s see if they are able to fly.

    Blow on butterflies.
    Look, they are flying! Now you try to blow. Which butterfly will fly further?

    The child stands near the butterflies and blows on them. Blow up to 10 seconds with pauses in order not to get dizzy.


    Goal: to develop a strong smooth oral exhalation, activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: little paper brooms.

    How to play: you need to prepare little brooms – attach the strips of colored paper to a wooden stick. You can use thin pieces of tissue paper or a Christmas decoration “rain”.

    Show the child how to play with little brooms – blow on paper strips.
    Think of this as a magic tree. A breeze has blown and the leaves on the tree started rustling! Like this! And now you blow!

    The game can be played as individually so in a group of children. In the latter case, the children blow on the little brooms simultaneously.


    Goal: to train a free smooth exhalation; activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: yellow, red and orange leaves cut from a thin double-sided colored paper; bucket.

    How to play: put the leaves on the table, reminds the child about autumn.
    Imagine that it’s autumn now. Red, yellow and orange leaves are falling off the trees. A wind has blown and scattered all the leaves on the ground! Let’s make the wind – blow on the leaves!

    Blow together with your child on the leaves until all the leaves are the floor. It is necessary to monitor the accuracy of the oral exhalation and your child not to get tired.
    All the leaves are on the ground. Let’s put the leaves into the bucket.

    Collect all the leaves and repeat the game.


    Goal: to develop a smooth continuous exhalation through the mouth; activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: faded dandelions.

    How to play: the game is played outside on the glade where the dandelions grow. Offer your child to find a faded one and pick it. Then show how to blow on a dandelion so that all the fuzz flew off. Offer your child to blow on his dandelion.
    Let’s blow on the dandelions! Blow once, blow all the fuzz off. Look! The fuzz is flying like little parachutes.

    You can also organize a “Granddad or grandma?” game.
    Let’s play a “Granddad or grandma?” game! Blow on your dandelions one time. If there isn’t any fuzz left on the head of the flower – it’s a bald head. So, we got a granddad. If there is some fuzz left – it is hair on the head – we’ve got a grandma.

    The winner is the one who gets a granddad! NOTE! When playing with young children, there isn’t either a winner or a loser. You just play.

    A song of wind

    Goal: to develop a strong smooth exhalation; activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: china wind bell.

    How to play: hang the bell at a comfortable distance for a child (on the face level of the standing child) and offer him to blow on it. Pay attention to the melodious tune. Then offer to blow stronger – the sound became louder.


    Goal: to develop a strong smooth directional exhalation; activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: rubber duck with ducklings, and other lightweight rubber or plastic toys floating in the water.

    How to play: put a little basin of water on a low table. Show the child the duck with ducklings and offer to play.
    Think of this as a lake. The duck with ducklings came to the lake. Here’s how the duck is swimming.

    Blow on the toys, offer the child to blow. Then complicate the game.
    Look, ducklings have swum away from the mother. The duck is calling her ducklings. Let’s help ducklings quickly swim to the mother duck!

    In this case, the air stream during the oral exhalation should be not only strong but also a directed one. You can play the game in a group of children.

    Bubbles in a glass

    Goal: to develop a strong oral exhalation; learning to blow through a straw; activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: a glass of water, straws and of different diameters.

    How to play: place a straw into a glass half full of water and blow into the tube – bubbles will loudly rise up the glass. Then give your child a straw and offer to blow.
    Let’s make happy bubbles! Take the tube and blow into the glass of water. If you blow slightly you will get small bubbles. And if you blow strongly, there will be a storm in the glass! Let’s create the storm!

    The intensity of the “storm” in the water will easily tell you about the strength of exhalation and its duration. At first the diameter of a tube should be 5-6 mm, later on you can use thinner ones.

    Many children used to drink juice through a straw from bags, and they will not immediately understand what is required of them and may start drinking water (so it is better to use purified drinking water). In this case offer your child to blow through a straw on a piece of cotton wool or on the palm to feel the air coming out of the tube.

    Another possible problem is that the child may bite and chew a soft straw or bend it. In this case, you can use a transparent tube of hard plastic like that of a pen.

    Moreover, the child can exhale through the nose while keeping the straw in the mouth. In this case, gently pinch the child’s nose with your fingers and offer to blow again.

    Soap bubbles

    Goal: to develop a strong smooth exhalation; activation of the labial muscles.

    How to play: a bottle of soapy water, frames for blowing bubbles, tubes of different diameters – cocktail straw, thick paper tube, plastic bottle with the bottom cut off, etc.

    How to play: play bubbles with child: first you blow bubbles and the child catches them. Then let the child blow bubbles on his own. It should be noted that blowing bubbles is often a difficult task for children. Try to help your little one – choose different frames and tubes for the child to try and choose which one is easier to get results with. Do not let your child taste and drink the liquid.


    Goal: to develop a strong smooth exhalation; activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: children’s ceramic, wooden or plastic whistles in the form of various birds and animals.

    How to play: take whistles for you and your child. Start blowing in them.
    Look how beautiful whistles we have! I have a birdie, and you – a deer. Let’s have a forest concert – each animal and bird is singing its song!

    The game can be repeated several times. The child should not strain himself and get tired. The game can be played as individually so in a group of children.

    Musical vial

    Goal: to develop a strong smooth exhalation, activation of the labial muscles.

    You will need: clean glass vials (about 7 cm height, diameter of the neck – 1-1.5 cm).

    How to play: show your child a vial and offer to play a game.
    What is it? That’s right, a vial. What can we do with the vial? Pour the water in it. Put vitamins in it. And what else? Let me show you a trick! Here’s a musical vial – it is buzzing like a pipe.

    Bring the vial to your lips, blow into its neck, listen to the sound. Then offer your child to blow into another vial. You should remember: for the vial to buzz, the lower lip should slightly touch the edge of the neck. The air flow should be strong. The child should blow for a few seconds and not to strain himself. Since the game is played with the glass vials, for safety watch your child blowing. If your little one is not able to do this task, do not insist. It might be better to repeat it later when the child is a little older.

    What has breathing development been like for you and your child? Have you noticed that your child needs much time to practice, and may seem to “forget” how to do some exercises from time to time? Share your breathing development stories with us!


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