Here is a poem to help introduce children to mindfulness.
Read the poem and ask the children how it makes them feel. Engage them in a discussion of how breathing makes them feel. Have them write an “I feel…” poem.
Tell them to take a few minutes to think about each feeling. With younger children, have them draw their feelings or look through magazines for pictures that illustrate their feelings.
A wonderful mental health activity for kids is to go on a mindful walk. During the walk, take 1 minute of silence where everyone focuses on the neighborhood or park and have your children notice things they haven’t seen or heard before. You and your children will be surprised to see how many things you never pay attention to and how many sounds you previously ignored. This is a great way to teach your children how to be more aware of their surroundings.
|Everyday, the kids and I start or end our day by stating one thing we did well and a grateful moment that occurred that day. We each give ourselves 5 minutes to sit still and breathe with our eyes closed. It allows them to relax and start or end their day in a calm state.|
As the leaves begin to change colors and pumpkins adorn porches, it's the perfect time to talk about composting during the fall season. Composting is not only a sustainable way to reduce waste, but it can also transform your garden soil into nutrient-rich goodness. There are various fall items you can add to your compost pile to enrich your soil and promote a healthier environment. Additionally, the delightful children's book, "Soil Magic," teaches young readers about composting and the items that can be composted.