The OT Toolbox: Mindfulness for Kids

Kids of all ages can benefit from mindfulness activities. In fact, mindfulness for kids can be a creative way to address common concerns in learning and helping children with attention, self-regulation, self-awareness, coping skills, and concentration. Mindfulness activities can be a way for kids to be more present in the moment, and more aware of themselves in every situation, including in the home, in the classroom, and while performing everyday activities. Here, you'll find fun mindfulness activities and mindfulness exercises kids will love. Use these as ways to address attention and emotions. The best part is, mindfulness isn't just for children...the self-awareness activities listed here can be used by older kids, teens, and adults!

Teaching mindfulness for kids can make such a difference in learning, attention, self-regulation! Use these mindfulness activities to help kids at school and at home.



Mindfulness for Kids


First, check out some of our mindfulness tools here on the website. Read here to understand more about what mindfulness is and some fun mindfulness activities that can be used in the classroom or home.

There is much research on the impact that mindfulness activities have on learning, attention, social-emotional skills, cognition, and overall well-being.

Here is a library of activities and exercises to help with mindfulness in kids:


Mindfulness videos on YouTube can be used in the classroom as a brain break or at home to wind down after a long day.

 

Get some fun mindfulness ideas to help kids be more self-aware, using nature walks, yoga, guided imagery, and more. 

 

For themed mindfulness ideas, try these winter mindfulness activities that incorporate movement, awareness, into coping strategies for kids.

Try some of these specific mindfulness strategies:

Sensory bottles for self-regulation, calming, and sensory input. How to make sensory bottles for learning and sensory.

Use a sensory bottle to help with calming, self-regulation and an awareness of self. Here is information on How to Make a Sensory Bottle.

Use these self-reflection activities for kids to help kids reflect on behaviors and identify coping skills or self-regulation strategies that work in the home or classroom.

Try these self-reflection activities for kids. Self-reflection is a mindfulness tool that can help kids with self-regulation, knowing what coping strategies to pull out of their toolbox, how to act with impulse control, how to better pay attention, how to improve executive functioning skills, and how to function more easily.

Additionally, self-reflection pays a part in mindfulness. If we are practicing attentiveness in the moment and attending to internal and external experiences, we can self-reflect on what worked, what didn't work, and how to make things work better next time.


Try a nature walk like this counting nature activity while looking for certain colors or numbers of items to help kids really become more aware of the world around them. Focusing on the sights of nature can be a way to refocus while being more present.

Watch this space for more mindfulness strategies coming soon!

Mindfulness activities for kids ideas and ways to incorporate mindfulness into the home and classroom.