During half term, Mariposa was full of new children. They had never met each other, and it was their first time in a new setting. Therefore, emotions were running high with excitement, which is absolutely incredible and normal.
Sometimes we need to calm down a little and just enjoy. (To be honest, sometimes we should all do that!) This is why mindful exercises are such a good way to bring these emotions down to have more fun during the day.
Hold hands and pass the light:
Pretend you have a light in your hand and hold your little one’s hands, making a circle. Then pass the “light” with a squeeze until it reaches you.
What can you hear?
If possible, step outside and try to do mindful listening. Ask what can you hear? Let them reply, and then add on. Maybe you can hear a Woodpecker hammering far away? Or the wind on the trees?
ENGAGE OTHER SENSES:
You can do this with Smell and sight as well!
THE GRASS IS GREENER:
During the summer, step outside and walk bare foot on the grass. Ask your child the feeling about grass on their feet with open-ended questions: How does it feel between your toes?
I try to help the children be mindful of their food when having snacks or lunch. Reminding them how grateful we are for Mummies to have made it or the farmer who had picked it.
These five activities are just a few ideas I try with my Chiquitines that seem to work!