Mindful activities are not just for adults seeking refuge from the noise and chaos of the day. They’re also a perfect opportunity to bring calm, inspiration and learning to your child’s day. .
Quietly and gently holding something in cupped hands allows a child to be drawn to the present moment. To focus and bring calm to their environment, movement, thoughts and breath. To explore the beauty and detail of that which they are holding.
An assortment of shells is a simple yet lovely way to attract a child’s attention and quietly awaken their inquisitive mind. Can you feel the various textures? Smooth, rough, shiny. Can you see the differences? Size, shape, colour, pattern, texture. Can you hear the calm of the ocean as you place a shell to your ear? Can you feel the warmth of a shell in your palm and how it then feels cool when placed on your cheek?
Paired with a book, a mindful invitation such as this can provide additional opportunities for focus, inspiration and learning. We chose one of our favourites, ‘A First Book of Nature’ by Nicola Davies for its introduction to the seasons and rhythms of nature, its divine illustrations and the songs and verse that slow and inspire the mind.
What activities have you tried with your child to invite calm and focus?