Children from the age of four to nine can benefit greatly from taking on a mindfulness practice. This is why many schools around Australia are even incorporating mindfulness techniques like meditation or yoga into the classroom or playgrounds. It can help positive mental health and focus on kids of all ages.
Mindfulness at Around Age Seven
Children at around Seven years of age are all about figuring things out. By this age, children are familiar with the school setting and crave to learn. They often take pride in their new knowledge and seek to teach others about it so, when teaching your child about mindfulness at this age, it is good to lean on this natural curiosity. Honour their questions, encourage deeper thinking, and keep asking, “Why?” A healthy appetite for learning is a good sign that your child is interacting well with the world.
Mindfulness at this age can be a great way to continue to build your child confidence and self-soothing habits. Stress can start to ramp up as their school and social situations become more challenging. These habits can play a role in managing this.
Gratitude Walk: A Five-Minute Mindfulness Game for Young Children
Since young children can be masters of curiosity and exploring their world, why not discover your own home, park, or city a little more closely? A Gratitude Walk helps children focus on their environment to relieve stress, sadness, and anger.
- Start your gratitude walk at the front door or outside in the garden.
- For inside, slowly walk through each room.
- Have your child point out a few things outside or in each room they are grateful for and why. What makes that item unique, useful, or interesting? How can we take good care of it?
- Spending time discovering their most prized items helps your child refocus on all the beautiful things in life and think deeper about why certain items are meaningful.
Have more than five minutes? You could plan a Gratitude Adventure. Head out to the local park, go into the city, or even walk around a new neighbourhood. Have your child record notes or pictures of the things you were most grateful to stumble across on your journey.
Mindfulness can make the most of your young child’s innate ability to learn and about the world around them to build a habit of curiosity with calmness to last a lifetime.
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.
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