Activity Introduction

water_lillies_4_heroQuick summary: The aim of this activity is to help children make sense of mindfulness. Children will create a glitter jar and use it during the activity as a way of focusing their attention. They will develop skills in focus, resilience, emotional intelligence and regulation of the body and emotions.  

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This activity is designed to help children develop mindful practices through sensory and play-based experiences.

EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 1: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  1. Children feel safe, secure and supported
  2. Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
  3. Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities
  4. Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of well being

  1. Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual well being
  2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  3. Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical well being


Equipment needed:  A container with a screw-on lid for each child (a jar or small bottle with a wide neck would work well – if this is not possible, then the jars can simply be shared among the children), hot water, glitter glue, glitter, clear dishwashing soap, glycerine, an old spoon or stick for stirring, super glue or a hot glue gun. For a natural alternative, you can replace glitter with bottlebrush flowers, fine sawdust, sweet wattle leaves, lilly pilly flowers or anything else suitable from your garden.

Supporting resources

 Other resources:

Topic: Nature of Mindfulness.

The curriculum adviser: Anja Tanhane is a highly experienced educator who designs mindfulness training and programs. Find out more about Anja here and check out her website.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

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Content information for educators (also suitable for parents): These activities encourage children to tune into their inner thoughts and feelings and how these can affect their body. It also provides an opportunity to develop social and emotional skills particularly with regards to emotional intelligence and emotional and body regulation.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a way of life which involves paying attention to the present moment, non-judgmentally. It is a state of awareness that provides an opportunity to tune into your thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, the environment and other people. Research has shown mindfulness can help develop resilience, kindness, empathy and compassion.

VIDEO: Traci Childress, co-founder of the Children's Community School in Philadelphia, talks about the mindfulness practices at their centre. (

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