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Reach 2

Woodside
Primary Academy

WEEK BEGINNING 25TH MAY

 

Well done you have been doing this for 6 weeks now and are mindfulness pro! This week we will make a glitter jar, bring along a cuddly toy with us on a journey and master our sense of smell.

Day 1 :Jumpy Monkey

This week we will be doing a guided meditation called ‘Jumpy Monkey’ to go on a magical journey and explore our feelings. To start your exciting journey please click here .

Day 2: Create a glitter Jar

A Glitter Jar is a bit like a snow globe - shake it up and watch the storm! But soon, if we sit and breathe and simply watch the disturbance, it settles. As do our minds. Practice doing this shaking it really hard and then watching as all the glitter settles whilst taking deep breathes in and out.

See below the instructions on how to make a Glitter Jar and Glitter if you have none:

  1. Find a jar or plastic bottle and allow your child to decorate it however they like.
  2. Fill the bottle up ¾ of the way with water. Next add clear glue, food colouring, and glitter then shake.
  3. Seal the lid and you are ready to go

No glitter or glue, here is how you can make your own:

Things you will need:

Epsom salt (or regular salt or sugar)

Liquid Food colouring

Zip Lock Bags

Instructions

  1. Fill your zip lock bags with 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt (or salt or sugar) per bag.
  2. Next squirt about 10 to 15 drops of liquid food colouring into each bag.
  3. Then seal the bag, shake it up and squish it until the colour is evenly distributed. The children will LOVE this part!
  4. Then repeat for all the colours of the rainbow if you have more than one food colouring container
  5. Next leave it to dry out for around 4hrs.

Day 3 : Listen to the bell 

Today we are going to focus on listening and vibrations . First start by clicking here  and ask the children to listen carefully to the vibration of the ringing. Ask them to stay silent and raise their hands when they can no longer hear the sound. Then ask them to stay silent for one more minute to pay attention to any other sounds once the ringing has stopped. Children love this and it helps them connect to the present moment. You only need to do this for a few minutes.

Day 4: Breathing Buddies 

Today we are going to bring along a cuddly friend to help us settle down and be calm.  First ask the children find a stuffed animal and then have them lie down on their backs, on the floor and put the stuffed animals on their stomachs. Ask them to breathe in silence for one minute and notice how their Breathing Buddy moves up and down, and any other sensations they notice. Ask them to imagine that any thoughts that come into their head turn into bubbles and float away. Having a Breathing Buddy there makes the meditation friendlier and shows the children that a playful activity doesn’t have to be noisy

Day 5 : Smell and Tell

Today we are going to use our nose to help us look at our sense of smell.  Start by giving something fragrant to each child, such as some fresh orange peel, a flower, a mint leaf, a piece of tissue with perfume on etc ( anything that smells good). Ask them to close their eyes and breathe in the scent, concentrating all their focus on the smell of their object. Ask them to describe what they can smell and guess what it is. No peeking! Scent can help with anxiety as well as relaxation, stress, concentration etc

I hope you all have a great half term week and Mindfulness Mondays with Miss Brown will be back next week !