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A beautiful way to illustrate mindfulness to kids is making a Mindfulness Jar, or Calming Jar. I made these in the elementary schools with kids- they are a tangible way to show our swirling thoughts and emotions- which is normal - and what happens when we allow our mind and body to settle by breathing. Read instructions for making these on the blog here.

Recommended Resources

  • Awakening Joy for Kids by James Baraz and Michele Lilyanna James Baraz shares the practices for adults—parents, caregivers, and teachers. Michele Lilyanna offers her own experiences as a parent and as a teacher, showing how the themes work with kids, followed by the tried and true lessons that she’s used herself in the classroom and at home. View Resource
  • Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids by Eline Snel This little book is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents. In a simple and accessible way, it describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. View Resource
  • Guided Meditations: Mindful Self Compassion by Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff A wonderful app with free guided audio meditations by Christopher Germer on Breathing, Compassion, and Self-Compassion. View Resource
  • Guided Meditation: Self-Compassion Break by Kristen Neff [5 minutes] The pioneer in the field of self-compassion, Kristen Neff translates her three-step process for applying mindfulness and self-compassion into an accessible practice you can do anywhere. View Resource

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