5 Mindfulness Exercises for Kids That You Can Do with Just Your Hands

5 Mindfulness Exercises for Kids That You Can Do with Just Your Hands

When I look for mindfulness exercises for kids that will work well with our family and our routine, I am always on the lookout for exercises that can be done in the car or on-the-go, without any props. These hands-only mindfulness exercises are great for bringing kids into a place of present-moment awareness and into their bodies. They can be used in a variety of situations: for general practice, before bed, in line at the grocery store or anywhere you’re waiting, or as a quick transition between moods or activities….

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How to Make a Glitter Jar for Mindfulness — Easiest Recipe!

How to Make a Glitter Jar for Mindfulness — Easiest Recipe!

Making a glitter jar is an activity you can do with your kids to introduce them to how their mind works when experiencing difficult emotions and how to calm down during difficult times. Glitter jars have many names: I’ve seen them called glitter bottles, mind jars, mindfulness jars, calm bottles or calm down jars, galaxy jars, sparkle bottles, and more! I heard a cute story recently that one little boy called it his “mad jar”. No matter what you and your family call them, glitter jars can be a great…

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Collaborative Stick Art: A Mindfulness Game

Collaborative Stick Art: A Mindfulness Game

A cat, a volcano, or something else entirely? In this mindfulness game, each person starts with a handful of materials, and each person takes a turn to put down one item at a time to create a collaborative piece of art while everyone stays as silent as possible. The end result is sometimes very abstract, sometimes a picture evolves, and sometimes it’s just a pile of whatever materials you are using. This activity is suited for almost any age from older toddler and up. It helps you and your kids…

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Mindfulness for Kids: 5 Ways to Practice Mindful Listening with a Bell

Mindfulness for Kids: 5 Ways to Practice Mindful Listening with a Bell

The sound of a bell or a chime can be used to focus attention for mindful listening exercises, and it’s a great way to introduce your kids to the “paying attention” part of mindfulness. The bell is very interesting to them and invariably most children will want a turn at ringing the bell. If you introduce it with reverence, your kids will pick up on your respect for this practice and will have respect for it themselves. I have two bells I use regularly: the Zenergy Chime (shown above) and…

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Teaching Mindfulness to Kids with the Raisin Exercise, Plus Other Foods to Try

Teaching Mindfulness to Kids with the Raisin Exercise, Plus Other Foods to Try

When I set out to share mindfulness with my kids last year, I started with the raisin exercise. On the way home from school, I told them we’d be having a snack and my son asked what we would be eating, was it something new? I told him it was raisins and he groaned. “Those are disgusting.” I told him we were going to be eating them in a whole new way, a way that might make them taste entirely different than before, and somehow that was enough to get…

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