Mindfulness allows us to observe our surroundings, thoughts, and feelings, and to develop self-awareness. Mindfulness can teach your kids to focus, help them regulate their emotions, and improve their concentration. Try being mindful together with these easy activities.
With Your Baby: Take a Walk
Being outside is a great way to practice presence. Take a walk and point out different sounds, like birds chirping, cars driving, or leaves rustling. Talk about what you smell, like fresh-cut grass or flowers. Let your baby feel different textures, like rocks and pinecones. Bring a blanket to lay on and look up at the trees and clouds.
With Your Toddler: Rockabye Breathing
Ask your little one to lie down and put their favorite stuffy on their belly. Ask them to inhale deeply for a count of three, then exhale for a count of 4. Together, watch the stuffy rise and fall as they breathe in and out. Do 5 to 10 rounds and see if they can “rock their stuffy to sleep.”
With Your Big Kid: Flamingo Pose
Ask your kids to focus their gaze on a point slightly below eye level (you can mark it with a piece of tape if that helps). Then ask them to stand on one leg and try to keep their gaze on the focal point. How long can they balance like this? Try the other leg next. For more of a challenge, ask them to close their eyes.
Download the activity PDF here.