Relax Kids – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet by Marneta Viegas


This is a magical book full of nothing but a beautiful thing, created to help children learn to relax at the end of a busy day, and by doing so has the side benefits of helping their parents stress down and enjoy the evening ritual of bedtime.

Marneta Viegas is the co-founder of the children entertainment company BlueTree Theatre Company which produces a community-based theatre project on a yearly basis, which is attended by thousands of children. She is also a talented mime artist and has run her own children’s entertainment business of more than twelve years. All of these attributes indicate she really does know a lot about children and what makes them tick.

 During a visit to India, she found herself on top of a mountain, sitting meditating in the pure, fresh air, enjoying the spectacular views, when she decided to create a series of meditations for children, based on much loved and enjoyed fairy tales; tales such as Aladdin’s Magic Carpet which allows you to fly through the air, Jack and Jill Went up the Hill, and you are invited come along and help fetch the water. In Cinderella, her fairy godmother sprinkles fairy dust over you as well, and of all fairy stories, The Mad Hatters Tea Party where everyone is happy, happy, happy!

 Drawing from her own background of meditation, both from a personal and teaching perspective, she understood the value of children being able to relax before sleep, because as she says ‘Many children at the time of sleep are most awake.  Just like adults they suffer from over-stimulation’.

By reading these delightful meditations and affirmations to the children once they are settled in bed it, ‘allows them to have a little time to spend with themselves and explore an inner world’. It also allows the parents to spend a little quality time with their child, while also benefitting from a little reflection and meditation.

This practice, when used daily at bedtime, or during quiet time or circle time by teachers of nursery or primary school children, has a wonderful, positive, relaxing and beneficial effect which has been documented over the years.

There are 52 meditations in the book which can be used one by one or at random, but whichever way you choose to use them, there will definitely be some favourites amongst them.

Beautiful, unique and totally enjoyable, Relax Kids Aladdin’s Magic Carpet will become a firm and positive favourite on a daily basis.

Title:                     Relax Kids – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet
Author:                 Marneta Viegas
ISBN:                     9781782798699
Publisher:            Our Street Books

by Jan Mawdesley

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