Mon, 19 Dec, 2016
3 ways to teach mindfulness to your grandkids
Kids are naturally curious creatures who want to find out how things work. This gives parents and grandparents a great opportunity to spend time with children, teaching them new things, and allowing mindfulness to become part of their daily life.
But we don’t need to tell them that ‘today we are going to learn how to be mindful’ because, let’s be honest, that doesn’t sound terribly appealing.
Instead, teaching through play is a great way to show kids how to enjoy the everyday moments. Here are some ideas you could try.
1. Explore nature
Put together a checklist of things to find out in the park, at the beach, or on a walk in the woods. They might need to find a bug, an interesting leaf, a spider web – or anything that you fancy looking for.
2. Watch the grass grow
Kids love to help in the garden, so why not set up a little patch or a big pot just for them. Choose fast growing plants (or even grow some cress in the shell of an egg) and encourage them to take a picture each day to see how fast it grows.
3. Make an ant picnic
Leave some crumbs out on the garden path and then use a magnifying glass to look at the ants that come to the party. See how they can carry a heavy load, and observe how they work together. Add some obstacles such as a stick or a leaf and see how they get around them.
Do you have any routines or regular activities with kids that encourage mindfulness? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.