Mindful awareness exercises help children develop concentration and self-awareness.
All of the exercises below are from my InnerKids classes and are designed for children ages 6-10.
Mindfulness Meditations For Children #1: Mindful Hearing
In this exercise, children are guided through an experience of paying attention to sounds. After some practice, children may find this exercise to be helpful in their daily lives – before doing homework, when they are having difficulty settling down at bedtime, or at other any other time when it would be useful to settle the mind.
Note to parents / educators: In our classes, we often add sounds – bells, drums, shakers, etc. I didn’t include other sounds here, because the element of surprise would be lost after only one use. But the fun of guessing the source of a wider range of sounds can also help children concentrate.
Mindfulness Meditations For Children #2: Mindful Breathing
In this exercise, children are guided through a process of paying attention to their breathing. There are two versions of the guided exercise below – the first is the full exercise and is intended for children who have had some practice, and the second is a slightly modified version for beginners. They are both designed for children ages 6-10.
Mindfulness Meditations For Children #3: Friendly Wishes
The three exercises below are guided visualizations called “Friendly Wishes,” and they focus specifically on developing compassion, in addition to concentration and awareness. All of the following exercises are designed for children ages 6-10. (See the Scientific American article posted below about our ability to become more compassionate.)