At six years old, many children are already facing the stressors of school, schedules, sports, and (gasp!) even homework. These things are just a part of life, but we can help our children adapt to their changing world with confidence and grace. In this article, we explore a simple strategy to help cope with all of this: Mindfulness.
Mindfulness at Age Six
Your six-year-old maybe already better at mindfulness than you are. Children are much more likely to enjoy living in the moment than adults. As Andy Puddicombe, the creator of the meditation app Headspace, explains it, “They just ‘get it’ – there is this elasticity and freedom in their minds which allows them to be present in the moment and free from any external thoughts or pressures.”
Practising mindfulness with the whole family is a simple way to encourage and reward this natural awareness in your child. By learning the benefits of mindfulness early on, your child can find greater resilience and respond better to stress for years to come.
The Secret Bag: A Five-Minute Mindfulness Game for Six-Year-Olds
Tuning into our senses can be one of the easiest ways to put our brains in a mindful state. A particularly fun sense for children to experiment with is touch. Growing up is all about learning to connect to and understand the world around us. Touch stimulates a child’s brain and helps to develop key cognitive skills.
In this game, The Secret Bag, we’ll play with our mindful sense of touch.
- Find a medium-sized cloth bag and fill with five-eight small objects.
- Choose items from around the house that have different textures and characteristics.
- Present the Secret Bag to your child and tell them they are on a secret mission to discover what’s inside the bag. The catch? No looking!
- Have them focus on the shape, size, texture of the object, and describe anything that comes to mind.
- When they’ve made their guess, let them pull out the object and see how they did.
We can begin to prepare children even at the age of six to deal with a busy environment and external stressors. We can introduce children to mindfulness with simple and fun game-play using their senses, like touch.
Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.
 Headspace. Andy Puddicombe. 2020
 Ardiel E L, Rankin C H. The importance of touch in development. 2010-03-15
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