Activity Introduction

water_lillies_1_heroQuick summary: This activity is designed to help children to tune into each of their senses, their environment and their inner thoughts and feelings. Children develop skills in focus, attention, 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 wellbeing

  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 space large enough for children (and adults) to sit or lie down (this activity works well inside, but outside is better!)
  • A collection of flowers, leaves, stones, seed pods or other tactile natural materials (enough for one each).
  • A small piece of fruit or something else edible for each child (berries, grapes, sultanas, herbs, cereal, etc). Be aware of food intolerance or allergies.

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

water_lillies_4_heroBackground information

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 in to 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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