Day 30- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Congratulations! You have made it to the last day of the #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge! Today we will end on a positive note and show gratitude! It is an odd time for everyone right now and it can heighten our anxiety levels and … Continue reading

Day 29- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Hands-on and creative mindful activities that involve both tangible objects and nature allows for a playful and fun activity that encourages mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh developed this specific meditation, Pebble Meditation,  for children that engages the mind, develops gratitude, relieves stress, … Continue reading

Day 28- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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The feel of sand beneath your feet, the sound of waves crashing on the beach, the smell of sea water in the air and the sight of the sun rising and setting in the blue sky. What more could you … Continue reading

Day 27- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Mindfulness is about allowing yourself to be in the moment. It is allowing yourself to accept this moment without judgement and wallow in the present. When we are teaching children the important life skill of mindfulness, we should endeavour to … Continue reading

Day 26- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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When thinking of mindfulness, lots of people think immediately to meditations. As you know now, there are lots of strategies besides meditations that supports mindfulness development. Today, we dip our toe into meditations… Loving Kindness Meditations to be exact. Guided … Continue reading

Day 25- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Today, is a simple mindfulness strategy that helps with mindful focus; The Hand Exercise. Items you need are simple. You just need your hands. ⁃ First, have children find a comfortable sitting or lying down position. ⁃ Get them to take … Continue reading

Day 24- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Mindful focus is a way of allowing your mind to be in the present and allows children to capitalise on their own innate sense of awe and wonder. While in your garden or out on your daily walk, have each … Continue reading

Day 23- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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I am sure your children are as tired of hearing “Wash your hands!” as much as mine is. However, you can use hand washing as a mindful focus to support mindfulness development. Many psychologists believe that our emotions begin with … Continue reading

Day 22- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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As I am writing this blog I can hear the tv in the background and character 1 is telling character 2 that the key to stress management is to completely immerse oneself into an activity that engages the mind on … Continue reading

Day 21- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach that helps people change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. Giving children this life skill when they are young supports their over all social and emotional development. … Continue reading

Day 20- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Developing mindfulness has a lot to do with shifting of perspectives. We have some deeply laid neuropathways that allow us to fall into a habit of reactions. We don’t even realise we are reacting; we just do it. Those automatic … Continue reading

Day 19- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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On average, children smile over 400 times a day and happy adults smile 40-50 times a day. It’s been proven that smiling reduces stress and stimulates the brain’s reward mechanisms. Children tend to mirror what they see in their role … Continue reading

Day 18- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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We know that breathing is a top strategy to mindfully taking control of those emotions. However, some children (and adults) still find it difficult to just dive into calm, controlled breathing. If their anxiety is at its highest point, just … Continue reading

Day 17- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Tower Building is like a mini-meditation. It gives children the opportunity to be quiet, think and focus just on what they are doing. Their silent fixed attention is fully in the moment of balancing the objects. Materials required:– A collection … Continue reading

Day 15- #MindfulnessForChildrenChallenge

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Today, we will focus on the last sense, the sense of taste. Noticing what things taste like and paying attention just to that when you eat something reminds us to be in the present while also allowing us to truly … Continue reading