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Mindfulness activity for kids to do at home or in the classroom

This is a really cute, and simple mindfulness activity for the kids to do in the classroom, or at home, with a partner or someone they know. It is a great way of kids getting to know each other, as well as helping them to understand and be more focus on their own feelings.

The idea of the activity is to cultivate a connection between themselves and their feelings, and to develop that mindful mindset from an early age.

The activity is actually suitable for kids, with guidance, from quite a young age. You can either write the activities down and get them to pick one, or cut out the cards from the sheet and get the kids to pick one, and do it / draw it.

mindfulness activity for kids

What does the mindfulness activity for kids look like?

This activity is a single sheet of questions, and ideas that kids can think about and respond to:

Some of these activities are to encourage kids to be more confident, some more mindful or kind, and some to think about their feelings, and what activities and ideas affect those feelings.

The activities included are:

  1. Go and give someone a hug,
  2. Shout “I am confident”,
  3. Draw something that makes you happy,
  4. Sing your favourite song,
  5. Tell someone you appreciate them,
  6. Be kind to yourself,
  7. Say something encouraging to someone,
  8. Tell someone you love them,
  9. Make someone laugh,
  10. Make a new friend.

You might want to spend a little time before doing the activity thinking about some of the things that might create the emotions, or that the kids might want to think about before they do some of these ideas.

For example – questions to think about before the activity might be:

  • What kinds of things might make you happy?
  • How can we be kind to ourselves?
  • What might we do to make someone laugh?
  • Who might we love, and finally
  • What kinds of things might someone do for us for us to feel we appreciate them, and what they do?

In particular, younger children might need a little guidance around some of these ideas, particularly around understanding what appreciation is, for example.

How to use the mindfulness activity sheet

You can either print out the activity sheet, and tick the ideas off one by one as the children do them, or you can cut out the clouds, turn them face down on the table, and pick them up at random to do them.

Using them as mindfulness activity prompt cards is probably more suitable for older children, but it is, as always, up to you how you use this resource, we are just providing it to you for free!

In order to download this activity, just click on the button below, and it is yours:

This is taken from the book Grow Mindful by Aaron Bailey, and Nancy Cameron. More information on the book is on their website. It is available for £14.99 and comes complete with a set of stickers, dice, bookmarks and pocket pencils. It is aimed at kids aged 6 to 11 (primary school).

The book has been written by the authors to help children to build their self confidence and happiness, while also nurturing good mindfulness practises. It is also available for purchase on Amazon too.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Etta Alston-Burgess

Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

Wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing.


Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

Thanks so much, so glad you like it.

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