Mindfulness provides children with simple, practical tools to help them regulate their emotional state and focus attention. Below are three activities that you can do with your child today:
Encourage your child to focus on taking in a deep, slow breath, and exhale to fill the bubble.
Now spend time noticing the texture, colour and shape of the bubble. This will encourage your child to focus on the ‘here and now’.
Teddy Tummy Breathing
Pick a teddy that can be used for this activity – one which is not too big or small.
Get your child to lie down on their back with the teddy flat down on the child’s tummy.
As your child breathes in and out encourage him/her to concentrate on how teddy moves up and down. This will in turn help your child to focus on his own breaths.
We are all now very aware of the importance of washing our hands more regularly, but did you know that hand washing can easily become a mindful time for children (and adults). You can easily turn the routine task of hand washing into a gratitude exercise.
Ask your child to think of things as he/she washes their hands that they are happy/grateful for in their lives and encourage him/her to name them. You can help support this by modelling the exercise and naming things you too are grateful for.
I am happy/grateful for ……..