Children (and adults) of all ages can benefit from mindfulness, the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It can help parents and caregivers, too, by promoting happiness and relieving stress. Mindfulness activities help to develop compassion, focus, curiosity and empathy. Within school as well as the calm that they bring to children, they also help them to develop their ability to focus their attention, looking and thinking for a period of time, which are skills they are required to use when learning. The examples below are some that we use in school, that your child may love to show you at home.
Supporting focus and attention:
Supporting calm and control over thoughts:
Supporting Focus and Calm:
Supporting Mindfulness - Visualisation
Calm breathing to help focus and calm: