1. Engage their “spidey-senses”
Most kids love superheroes. Asking kids to tune into their “spidey-senses” and pay close attention to detail is a fun way to get kids interested in practicing mindfulness in the present moment. Have your children point out 5 things they can see, 4 things they can touch, 3 things they can hear, 2 things they can smell, and 1 thing they can taste.
You can make this more fun by bringing in items for them to explore with their senses such as feathers to touch, musical instruments to listen to, and fresh herbs to smell.
2. Breathing Buddies
Get kids connected with their breath by using a breathing buddy, a stuffed animal that they can place on their belly and watch it rise and fall rhythmically. Have them notice how the breathing buddy moves differently when they are feeling relaxed versus stimulated. This is a great calm down practice to introduce to kids when they are restless, angry, or anxious.
3. Blowing Bubbles
Seriously, what kid doesn’t love bubbles? Bubbles can be a fun, simple way to get kids in tune with their breathing. Have them notice their breaths as they blow the bubbles. They can purposely slow their breath down and take deep breaths to help them self-regulate.
4. Mindful movement (hula hooping, yoga, etc.)
Movement is a great way to get kids excited about mindfulness and to help them tune into their bodies. Kids love to move, especially when movement is playful. You can do a variety of mindful movement exercises from yoga poses to hula hooping to spoon races. Get creative and use the movement as a way to help the children be more present to what is happening both within and around them.
5. Mind Jars:
Mind jars are a really fun craft to do with kids that teaches them about how their minds work and provides them with a calm down tool to use when they are frustrated. For more information on how to make a mind jar, see my mind jars post for full instructions and materials.
6. How long is a minute exercise
Kids just love this one and will ask to practice it again and again! This exercise is great for helping kids recognize their perception of time. Have each child stand up and close their eyes. Tell them to sit down when they think it has been a minute. Record the time when the first person sits down and the last person sits down. Take note who was the person closest to an actual minute.