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Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children

by | Mar 25, 2022 | Activities for Kids

Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children

Mindfulness implies being fully present and aware of the surroundings. You are calm, balanced and maturely handle your emotions. Your mind is alert yet relaxed at the same time. Mindfulness increases your focus and lowers your stress levels. Teach your children mindfulness at an early age. The sooner they start, the more benefits they will get. Let’s look at some of the benefits of mindfulness for children below. 

Benefits of Mindfulness Games for children?

These games build mindfulness in children and provide some of the benefits below. 

  1. Better mind and body health. It includes lowered stress and less anxiety levels with a greater sense of well-being.
  2. Managing emotions better, which leads to higher social skills.
  3. Higher grades due to better focus and attention.
  4. Helpful to children with ADHD issues.

 

Fun Mind Games for children 

With the help of these games, help your children develop mindfulness.

1. Bubble Blowing

It is a type of breathing exercise that is a fun way to let your children practice mindfulness. 

  1. Get your children a bubble blower toy. You can easily find them in toy shops and also online.
  2. Ask your children to breathe deep and slow and then exhale slowly to form the bubble. 
  3. Ask them to watch the bubbles closely as they take shape, then detach and float away.

2. Pinwheel Fun

  1. Get pinwheels for yourself and your children. 
  2. Sit in a circle with your bodies relaxed.
  3. Inhale deep and then blow on the pinwheels.
  4. Ask your children how they feel. Are they calm and relaxed?
  5. Now take short breaths and again blow on the pinwheels.
  6. Ask your children again how they feel now. Are they feeling calm and relaxed or becoming excited or jumpy?
  7. Now take normal breaths and repeat the process.
  8. Ask your children how they feel now. 

This mindfulness game for children teaches your children how different breaths make you feel and even alter the mood.

3. Lion Breath

It’s a breathing exercise based on yoga. Join in with your children. They will have fun mimicking a lion. 

  1. Ask your children to breathe in deeply through the nose.
  2. With the mouth closed, they have to exhale from the back of the throat, like a roar of a lion. 
  3. Repeat. 

This simple act raises your children’s focus and mindfulness.

4. Square Breath

This exercise is also done by US marines to stay calm under pressure. It is a great fun mind game for children based on even breathing patterns. It lowers anxiety and stress levels and raises focus in your children. Do it with your children and you will be amazed at the results.

  1. Ask your children to inhale deeply to the count of 4 seconds.
  2. Let them hold their breath for the same period.
  3. Next, ask your children to exhale on the count of 4 seconds. 
  4. Ask them to wait for 4 seconds before inhaling again. 

To count 4 seconds, use this simple trick. Draw a square in the air with the help of your fingers and hands. It will roughly be 4 seconds and fun for your children to draw.

5. Balloon Fun

  1. Get some inflated balloons for your children.
  2. Ask them to keep the balloons off from the ground. But move them slowly and gently.

This is a fun mindfulness game for children that allows them to be in the present by tracking the movement of the balloon.

6. Object Test

  1. Put several small and unique-shaped items in a bag.
  2. Ask your children to take turns and feel the objects placed inside without viewing them.
  3. Ask your children to explain in detail what they feel.

7. Taste Test

This is similar to the above test. Your children have to rely on the sense of taste here. 

  1. Blindfold your children.
  2. Have them taste diced fruits and salad veggies.
  3. Ask your children to explain what they are eating. Let them describe the sense of smell, texture, and taste. 

8. Balance Fun

This fun mind game for children involves both the body and mind. 

  1. Ask your children to focus their gaze slightly below eye level.
  2. Next, tell them to stand on one leg. 
  3. Ask them to keep their gaze fixed as before. 
  4. Try to distract your children by talking to them, and asking them to sing songs or close their eyes.
  5. They win if they remain in the position for 2 minutes at a time.
  6. Now, ask them to try the other leg.
  7. Increase the time slowly. 

This game will help your children develop focus and be more body-aware and mindful.

9. Coin Game

  1. Give your children a coin each.
  2. Let them study it for a minute. Ask your children to focus on the details. 
  3. Now put all the coins in a basket. 
  4. Let your children find their coins and take them out of the basket.
  5. Ask your children how they knew it was their coin. 

This game raises the focus and observation powers of your children without too much effort.

10. Balance Run

This is similar to the egg and spoon race. Instead of eggs, use small pebbles or water. 

  1. Give your children a spoon each.
  2. Either fill it with water or small pebbles.
  3. The game is to carry the spoon to a certain distance without spilling any of the contents. 
  4. Raise the difficulty level by having your children walk backward or sideways. 

With this game, your children raise their focus, stay in the present and develop a better awareness of their bodies.

11. Follow the Leader

  1. Select a leader. You can be the first one while starting the game.
  2. As a leader, stand in front of your children.
  3. Gesture or move your body like a salute, touch your nose, ears, etc.
  4. Ask your children to imitate your movements but only when you say, “The leader orders”.  
  5. When you do not say the words, but a player mimics the gesture, he/she is out of the game.
  6. The last remaining player wins. 

This is a great mindfulness game for children that teaches them to practice mindfulness in all its aspects. They view, hear and move while practicing mindfulness and become more self-aware.

12. Superman Posing

Body poses will help your children raise their mindfulness. These poses have to be their favorite cartoon and comic book heroes. These poses are as below.

  1. The Superman Pose-1

Ask your children to stand tall with feet wider than hips. Their backs should be straight with hands or fists at the side of the waist. Ask your children to keep their chins up and focus ahead. 

  1. The Superman Pose-2

This is a classic superhero pose just like the above with a slight twist. Ask your children to stand with feet wider than hips. Ask your children to bunch their fingers into fists. Next, they should raise their arms in the sky in a victory pose while stretching fully. 

Your children will feel strong and brave after doing these poses. Ask them to pose like this whenever they need to be confident.

13. Jungle Fun

This is a fun mind-game for children that turns a simple walk into an adventure. 

  1. Take your children on a nature walk or even a stroll in a park.
  2. Ask your children to imagine they are going on a jungle tour.
  3. Tell your children to notice the animals, birds, and insects that interest them. 
  4. After the “jungle walk”, ask your children to describe each of these in detail.

14. Be the Spider-man

It is yet another fun mindfulness game for children based on superheroes.

  1. Ask your children to be like “spider-man” for a period, say 30 minutes. They don’t have to climb on walls or hang from the terrace.
  2. Instead, ask them to practice their “spidey sense”. 
  3. Your children have to use their sense of sight, taste, smell, hear, and touch just like Spider-man. 
  4. They have to focus and observe what’s going on around them. 
  5. After 30 minutes, ask them to describe what they saw, heard, and felt. 

Your children will become more curious and be more aware of their surroundings. They will develop observation power and become more focused. 

 

Conclusion

So, these are some of the mindfulness games for children. Mindfulness heals the mind and body. Help your children by introducing them to these simple exercises that will develop this vital skill in them. 

Also Read : Fun Summer Activities for Children

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Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children

by | Mar 25, 2022 | Activities for Kids

Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children

Mindfulness implies being fully present and aware of the surroundings. You are calm, balanced and maturely handle your emotions. Your mind is alert yet relaxed at the same time. Mindfulness increases your focus and lowers your stress levels. Teach your children mindfulness at an early age. The sooner they start, the more benefits they will get. Let’s look at some of the benefits of mindfulness for children below. 

Benefits of Mindfulness Games for children?

These games build mindfulness in children and provide some of the benefits below. 

  1. Better mind and body health. It includes lowered stress and less anxiety levels with a greater sense of well-being.
  2. Managing emotions better, which leads to higher social skills.
  3. Higher grades due to better focus and attention.
  4. Helpful to children with ADHD issues.

 

Fun Mind Games for children 

With the help of these games, help your children develop mindfulness.

1. Bubble Blowing

It is a type of breathing exercise that is a fun way to let your children practice mindfulness. 

  1. Get your children a bubble blower toy. You can easily find them in toy shops and also online.
  2. Ask your children to breathe deep and slow and then exhale slowly to form the bubble. 
  3. Ask them to watch the bubbles closely as they take shape, then detach and float away.

2. Pinwheel Fun

  1. Get pinwheels for yourself and your children. 
  2. Sit in a circle with your bodies relaxed.
  3. Inhale deep and then blow on the pinwheels.
  4. Ask your children how they feel. Are they calm and relaxed?
  5. Now take short breaths and again blow on the pinwheels.
  6. Ask your children again how they feel now. Are they feeling calm and relaxed or becoming excited or jumpy?
  7. Now take normal breaths and repeat the process.
  8. Ask your children how they feel now. 

This mindfulness game for children teaches your children how different breaths make you feel and even alter the mood.

3. Lion Breath

It’s a breathing exercise based on yoga. Join in with your children. They will have fun mimicking a lion. 

  1. Ask your children to breathe in deeply through the nose.
  2. With the mouth closed, they have to exhale from the back of the throat, like a roar of a lion. 
  3. Repeat. 

This simple act raises your children’s focus and mindfulness.

4. Square Breath

This exercise is also done by US marines to stay calm under pressure. It is a great fun mind game for children based on even breathing patterns. It lowers anxiety and stress levels and raises focus in your children. Do it with your children and you will be amazed at the results.

  1. Ask your children to inhale deeply to the count of 4 seconds.
  2. Let them hold their breath for the same period.
  3. Next, ask your children to exhale on the count of 4 seconds. 
  4. Ask them to wait for 4 seconds before inhaling again. 

To count 4 seconds, use this simple trick. Draw a square in the air with the help of your fingers and hands. It will roughly be 4 seconds and fun for your children to draw.

5. Balloon Fun

  1. Get some inflated balloons for your children.
  2. Ask them to keep the balloons off from the ground. But move them slowly and gently.

This is a fun mindfulness game for children that allows them to be in the present by tracking the movement of the balloon.

6. Object Test

  1. Put several small and unique-shaped items in a bag.
  2. Ask your children to take turns and feel the objects placed inside without viewing them.
  3. Ask your children to explain in detail what they feel.

7. Taste Test

This is similar to the above test. Your children have to rely on the sense of taste here. 

  1. Blindfold your children.
  2. Have them taste diced fruits and salad veggies.
  3. Ask your children to explain what they are eating. Let them describe the sense of smell, texture, and taste. 

8. Balance Fun

This fun mind game for children involves both the body and mind. 

  1. Ask your children to focus their gaze slightly below eye level.
  2. Next, tell them to stand on one leg. 
  3. Ask them to keep their gaze fixed as before. 
  4. Try to distract your children by talking to them, and asking them to sing songs or close their eyes.
  5. They win if they remain in the position for 2 minutes at a time.
  6. Now, ask them to try the other leg.
  7. Increase the time slowly. 

This game will help your children develop focus and be more body-aware and mindful.

9. Coin Game

  1. Give your children a coin each.
  2. Let them study it for a minute. Ask your children to focus on the details. 
  3. Now put all the coins in a basket. 
  4. Let your children find their coins and take them out of the basket.
  5. Ask your children how they knew it was their coin. 

This game raises the focus and observation powers of your children without too much effort.

10. Balance Run

This is similar to the egg and spoon race. Instead of eggs, use small pebbles or water. 

  1. Give your children a spoon each.
  2. Either fill it with water or small pebbles.
  3. The game is to carry the spoon to a certain distance without spilling any of the contents. 
  4. Raise the difficulty level by having your children walk backward or sideways. 

With this game, your children raise their focus, stay in the present and develop a better awareness of their bodies.

11. Follow the Leader

  1. Select a leader. You can be the first one while starting the game.
  2. As a leader, stand in front of your children.
  3. Gesture or move your body like a salute, touch your nose, ears, etc.
  4. Ask your children to imitate your movements but only when you say, “The leader orders”.  
  5. When you do not say the words, but a player mimics the gesture, he/she is out of the game.
  6. The last remaining player wins. 

This is a great mindfulness game for children that teaches them to practice mindfulness in all its aspects. They view, hear and move while practicing mindfulness and become more self-aware.

12. Superman Posing

Body poses will help your children raise their mindfulness. These poses have to be their favorite cartoon and comic book heroes. These poses are as below.

  1. The Superman Pose-1

Ask your children to stand tall with feet wider than hips. Their backs should be straight with hands or fists at the side of the waist. Ask your children to keep their chins up and focus ahead. 

  1. The Superman Pose-2

This is a classic superhero pose just like the above with a slight twist. Ask your children to stand with feet wider than hips. Ask your children to bunch their fingers into fists. Next, they should raise their arms in the sky in a victory pose while stretching fully. 

Your children will feel strong and brave after doing these poses. Ask them to pose like this whenever they need to be confident.

13. Jungle Fun

This is a fun mind-game for children that turns a simple walk into an adventure. 

  1. Take your children on a nature walk or even a stroll in a park.
  2. Ask your children to imagine they are going on a jungle tour.
  3. Tell your children to notice the animals, birds, and insects that interest them. 
  4. After the “jungle walk”, ask your children to describe each of these in detail.

14. Be the Spider-man

It is yet another fun mindfulness game for children based on superheroes.

  1. Ask your children to be like “spider-man” for a period, say 30 minutes. They don’t have to climb on walls or hang from the terrace.
  2. Instead, ask them to practice their “spidey sense”. 
  3. Your children have to use their sense of sight, taste, smell, hear, and touch just like Spider-man. 
  4. They have to focus and observe what’s going on around them. 
  5. After 30 minutes, ask them to describe what they saw, heard, and felt. 

Your children will become more curious and be more aware of their surroundings. They will develop observation power and become more focused. 

 

Conclusion

So, these are some of the mindfulness games for children. Mindfulness heals the mind and body. Help your children by introducing them to these simple exercises that will develop this vital skill in them. 

Also Read : Fun Summer Activities for Children

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