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Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children

by | Mar 25, 2022 | Activities for Kids

Introduction:

“Children grow up hearing how broken the environment is, how broken beyond repair.  Plant strawberries together, make wild medicines, paint the sunrise. Show them proof that for every act of destruction, they can sow a seed, however small, of beauty.” ~Nicolette Sowder

Why is it Important to Take Care of Our Environment?

The world indeed is a mess. Deforestation, wildfires and whatnot! What our children need to learn at this moment is not to care for what is going on. They need to care for what they can do to create beauty around them. As responsible adults, it is our duty to inspire and empower our children to be caring. Irrespective of their age, we can engage kids to join the ‘forces’ that work towards caring for nature. 

We can’t expect children to automatically learn to care about nature. We need to focus on their behaviour and appreciate every small act of kindness. Above all, we need to set perfect examples. It is our responsibility to teach our children to appreciate nature as a whole. 

In the crowd of smartphones and tablets, we have almost forgotten to tell our kids to go out and be in nature’s lap. Well, there are not as many open spaces around us as we had in our childhood. So, how can we encourage kids to be free? We can plan trips. Instead of luxurious resorts with four-walls, we can go to nature camps. Instead of an elephant ride, we can visit a sanctuary. That is how, we can inspire our kids to discover the wonders that nature has to offer.

How Can Kids Help The Environment?

Encourage children to interact with nature – experiential learning of our environment.

Encourage unstructured and spontaneous time in the ‘outdoors’ in the presence of nature, for the kids and ourselves.

Foster observation, discovery, and imagination about nature.

Create daily opportunities to use nature as a source of testing and learning.

Helping the children to understand the world – other species, soil, water, and all living organisms – that will foster respect and awe. 

Nature learning experiences to be developmentally and age appropriate.

Support regular affinity to nature – for example, learning about the birds and plants in the garden/neighbourhood rather than in a remote far off location/forest.

Build a connection with nature through positive sharing, rather than focusing only on the concerns and negative facts about the earth.

Share stories, art, craft, traditions, and experiences of your culture about nature, to inspire empathy and commitment.

Use a free and common sense approach to support kids in the challenges they may face in their outdoor learning

Tolerate messiness that is a given with outdoor banter and energetic fun. Lead by example! 

Schools lead by example by promoting energy efficiency, sustainable environment processes, healthier learning environments, and other examples of caring for nature.

Technology is useful, but it’s lure must never overpower the allure of nature. Technology is a great tool to teach kids about nature.

Conclusion:

Our kids deserve to remain connected with nature – to breathe in the beauty and to experience it first-hand. It is our duty and responsibility as adults, parents, and teachers to keep our planet healthy and beautiful. This would encourage our kids to spend more time outdoors and appreciate the proximity to nature. It is our duty to leave for them a healthy planet for a healthy future. Let them experience the arms of Mother Nature – today!

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Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children

by | Mar 25, 2022 | Activities for Kids

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      1. 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.

      1. 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.

      1. 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.

      1. 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.
      1. 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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