Mindfulness for Little Ones: Playful Activities to Foster Empathy, Self-Awareness, and Joy in Kids
by Hiedi France
This book begins with an introduction for parents about how young children need help regulating their emotions and moods, and about the limit attention spans of a toddler or preschooler. Then there are instructions about how to use the meditations and activities in this book to help each child according to their individual capabilities.
The first chapter is “Dance, Wiggle, and Move” activities to help a child pay attention to their body and be more mindful of their movements. The next chapter focuses on the five senses with activities for listening to sounds, watching clouds, smelling different scents, and eating mindfully.
There is a chapter all about emotions with crafts for children to draw how they are feeling, take time for hug, and to have fun with making bubbles! An entire chapter focuses on empathy while the children make a kindness bracelet to give to someone, make a pinecone bird feeder, or take time to be grateful and forgive others. The last chapter is “Winding Down Time” to help children slow down at the end of the day and find stillness and peace in their minds and hearts.
All of these activities are perfect for little kids and very helpful to get them thinking more carefully about their moods and actions! Each activity has clear instructions for the parent, a list of materials needed (if any), a “messiness” gauge, as well as prep time and how long the activity lasts. I love all that helpful information. It makes the book easy to get started and simple to use.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.