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Teaching mindfulness to kids doesn’t have to be to just boring sitting still and breathing.In fact, it really should be engaging and fun for kids to get excited about it and feel like it’s something they can relate to.
I have taught mindfulness to kids at my school for several years and they always come back to some of these mindful games and activities as some of their favorite lessons.It helps to play each mindful game a couple of times throughout the year so that you can reference back how it felt when they tried it the first time versus the second time.
How Start Teaching Mindfulness to Kids
Teaching mindfulness to kids should start small.
You can teach them about breathing techniques when they are calm to use when they feel frustrated. We use a method of tracing our fingers and breathing in and out with up and down trace. I have also taught them breathing with a Hoberman Sphere.
I go into a little more detail in this post here, How to Calm a Class or Kid Using Mindfulness.
Another great technique for mindfulness is teaching kids how to be aware of their surroundings and actions by changing your language. This practice of honing your attention to details helps you notice when things change and help you anticipate your reactions to situations.
Just by be BEING more
Mindfulness in a Class
Teaching a whole class of kids to be mindful and quiet and listen to specific sounds can be a little more tricky. It honestly sometimes creates a great space for making fart sounds. Which doesn’t feel like mindfulness :-/
One way to combat this is to use a beautiful sounding bell, like this Tibetan singing bowl.
I have taught my students to come into class, rest in child’s pose for 1 minute, and then sit up and listen when I ring the bell.
As we are listening I will be modeling a breathing technique and they can choose their own or copy mine (we learn about 14 different techniques in the first few weeks, they are listed in this post: