Mindfulness for Children

21/5/2020

Mindfulness

A Kindness Activity

Write down all those kind things that you do this week, and all the kind things others do for you on strips of paper.  Then at the end of the week find a special time to read them together with your family and feel proud of yourselves. You can make them into a paper chain to decorate your home.

How does it feel when you do something kind for others? 

How about when someone does something kind for you? 

See if you can come up with some words, feelings and emotions to describe this.  

And don’t forget that being kind to others makes you feel happier too! 

 

14/5/2020

Mindfulness Page

Gardening

Now is the perfect time to do some gardening!Even if you don’t have a garden you could use an empty bottle fill it with some compost and plant some seeds. Not only is this fun, it is also educational andit teaches children;

Responsibilitybycaring for their plants

Physical activity – doing something fun and productive

Understanding as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)

Self-confidence, feeling proud of the plants they have grown

Love of nature

The science of plants, animals, nutrition, weather, the environment,

Teamwork

Creativity

 

7/5/2020

Make an Origami Boat

All you will need is a sheet of paper. Then follow the instructions below.

Once your boats are complete:
• Rest comfortably by lying on your back
• Gently place your boat on your lower-belly
• watch your boat moving with your natural breath
• Begin to deepen your breath and watch how the movement of the boat changes
• Notice the difference in movement between the natural breath and deep breaths
• How about the difference in how you feel?
• Remember: We want a smooth, safe ride for everybody on board! Breathe, nice and slow and evenly.

If you enjoyed this, why not try some other origami crafts? There are plenty of ideas online.

 

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Below we have listed our top three strategies for teaching children mindfulness.

The strategies are:

Recognising their emotions

Children need to associate the word or term for an emotion with the actual experience of feeling that emotion. Encourage them to think about how each emotion feels in their body. Does anger feel like they’ve got steam coming out of their ears, or their head is full? Does love make them feel like their heart is going to burst open is it a warm glowing feeling?

It is important to acknowledge our children’s emotions and feelings.  They often respond with frustration or sadness when told that their pain, however trivial it seems to us, is “not a big deal.” When teaching mindfulness, let kids feel their feelings without fear of judgment. Focus instead on teaching them tools to listen to their emotions.  Particularly at this time when there is a lot of uncertainty around, as our children will be picking up on our anxieties.  

Breathing

Noticing their Breath: This involves simply paying attention to what breathing actually feels like. Run on the spot for 30 seconds, how do you breathe now? Now lie down and close your eyes and rest for a few minutes and allow your breathing to rest.

Five-Finger Marie Mountain Meditation: This breathing technique has kids holding up one hand in a starfish position (fingers spread wide) while they gently trace up and down, going slowly over the “mountain” (each finger) with the other hand’s index finger.  This allows them to focus on regular breathing.  You can ask the child how did it feel? Did it tickle?

Counting their Breath: This technique is exactly what it sounds like and very easy to do.  Get your children to pause and count their breaths. One breath in is “1”, the next breath out is “2,” etc. You can have them count to 10 if they’re very young, or slightly higher depending on their abilities.  

Do these breathing exercises together and you will benefit from them to! ​

Get Silly​​

Put on some of your favourite songs, turn the music up and sing and dance along together.  This will keep you fit and healthy as well as releasing feel good chemicals into your body that will get you all laughing, having fun and feeling much more positive.   

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