5 Easy Ways to Introduce Mindful Practices in Kindergarten

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5+ Easy Ways to Introduce Mindful Practices in Kindergarten

While mindfulness might seem like a lofty topic that’s too much for Kindergarten, it’s actually a great skill to introduce early and keep reinforcing throughout the years! And mindfulness doesn’t have to be seated, quiet meditation for long periods of time. Kindergarten students are more than capable of making immediate observations about the world around them and describing their experiences in the moment. If you’re looking for ways to utilize mindfulness exercises with your Kindergarteners, keep reading to find some of my favorite Kindergarten mindfulness activities!
Kindergarten Mindfulness Activities
1 – Nature Walk
Head outside for a 5-10 minute walk. Challenge students to notice 3 things they’ve never noticed before. Simple as that! Walk by trees so they can notice lines in the bark. Visit a blooming bush so they can notice patterns in the leaves. Just give them time to notice!
2 – Hug it Out
For a seated activity at desks or the carpet, have your students give themselves a hug. Tell them to squeeze themselves in a warm hug and notice where in their bodies they feel the warmth! How does it feel to have a nice squeeze? Have them pay attention to their bodies and enjoy the little moment!
3 – Object Focus
Give your students a small object to hold, such as jacks, textured balls, or marbles. For 2-3 minutes, have them look closely at the item. Notice its texture. Notice its colors. Feel it’s weight in your hand. Then, have each student share everything they’ve noticed about their objects.
4 – Bubble Breath
Head outside with some bubbles. Challenge students to take a deep breath in, a long and slow breath out to blow the bubble, and watch and notice the bubble float away. Have students turn their attention to just the bubble and watch it until it is completely out of sight or pops. Notice the movements and dance of the bubbles.

5 – Guided Breathing
While controlled breathing may feel comfortable and natural to older kids, this can be a tricky concept for younger students. Try bringing some tools with you for your breathing exercises, like Hoberman spheres, Slinkies, or pinwheels so they can see and feel their efforts! Read more on this blog post for ideas for tools to use in your breathing exercises.

6 – Use Your Senses
Bring in a variety of items for students to explore and describe using their senses! Textured items, scratch and sniff stickers, kinetic sand, and slime are just a few. Give students one item at a time and ask them to describe how they feel, smell, look, and sound as they hold, roll, and touch the items.
Kindergarten Mindfulness Activities
Mindfulness doesn’t have to look like silent meditation; it’s all about focusing on the here and now! Kindergarten students can totally do this indoors or out by noticing and describing the world around them right now. Grab some of your favorite breathing tools or sensory items for a fun indoor mindfulness activity or head outside and explore nature to engage your Kindergarteners in mindful practices! Find fun mindfulness activities your Kindergarteners will love (led by the Mindful Monsters!) here.