WEEK BEGINNING 18TH MAY
This week we will look at kindness as an important part of mindfulness and it is always nice to think about others. We will also do some mindfulness colouring and try making some gloop! Doesn’t that sound fun?
Day 1: Breathing to relax
To help us do that we will do some mindfulness meditation that looks at our breathing and how it feels. To follow the guided mediation please click here
Day 2: Writing kind messages
Today we will be looking at kindness and a great way to get your child to think about others around them. A good way to do this is to encourage kindness to others.
Ask your child to think of three people they'd like to say something kind to. Then help them write messages - or even handwritten notes – to that person.
If you want you can post them and what a nice surprise that maybe for people they haven’t seen for a while.
Day 3: Play with gloop
This is a great sensory activity that's perfect for kids of all ages and those who love making slime.
If you don’t have the ingredients for slime, then you can make ‘gloop’ from cornflour. Made from cornflour and water, gloop is a magical substance that acts like both a solid and a liquid.
Make some with your child, and then show them how to squeeze it between their fingers. Ask them to talk about how it feels, and the strange way gloop behaves when they play with it.
See our step-by-step instructions for making gloop.
How to make gloop (oobleck)
1. Pour some cornflour into a large tray.
2. Slowly pour in some cold water. You need to play about with how much to add – you want it to be thin enough to move with your hands but not watery. If you like, add in some food colouring and biodegradable glitter, too.
3. Now the fun begins. Get your hands in and play with the gloop. It is magical as you can pick up chunks which are almost solid...
4. And then they fall like water back into the mixture.
Day 4: Bath time mindfulness
For younger kids, bath time is a great opportunity to experiment with mindfulness.
Even if you don’t have a bath, it works well with a shower or even just washing your hands.
Whilst taking a bath, shower or washing their hands, encourage your child to focus on the way the water feels on their skin. Is it warm or cold? Does it feel different if you move your arm through the air vs. moving it through the water?
Bath toys like stacking cups and strainers will let your child play with the water, exploring how it flows and splashes.
Day 5: Colouring in
Most kids we know love colouring in, but did you know that it can also help with mindfulness?
Colouring a simple pattern can induce a lovely state of calm, where the outside world simply melts away. It's a great way to help your child calm down and quieten their mind.
Be sure to let your child know that it's fine to colour outside the lines, and you're not expecting a masterpiece. That way, they can let loose and just go with the flow.
Start by drawing a random pattern, shapes or swirls and get colouring in!
A great app to Download is called Your Mindful Garden and has great fun activities alongside Cbeebies !