Quick summary: The aim of this activity is to help children make sense of mindfulness by using nature as a stimulus. Children will tune into their breathing and body, their inner thoughts and feelings. They will also develop skills in focus, attention, resilience, emotional intelligence and regulation of the body and emotions.
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Following this lesson is an ideal way for students to participate in Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day – the largest nature-care event in Australian schools. So, get growing! It only takes a minute to register for Schools Tree Day.
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
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of well being
Equipment needed: Each child will need a soft toy/animal/something special to use as a breathing buddy.
- Cool Australia audio recording – The Nature of Mindfulness – Breathing Buddies Forever – Early Learning
- Cool Australia audio recording – The Nature of Mindfulness – Smiling on the Inside – Early Learning
- Cool Australia factsheet – The Benefits of Mindfulness
- Cool Australia factsheet – The Importance of Mindfulness for Young Children
- Kids Matter – Mindfulness for Children
- Kids Matter -Your Little Ones are Your Greatest Teachers When it Comes to Mindfulness
- Smiling Mind
- Dan Seigel on Mindful Parenting
- Rick Hanson – Resources for Happiness, Love and Wisdom
- The top 7 Non-Academic Skills for Raising the Mindful Child
- A Mindful Nation UK
- The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents Report 2015
- Mind Australia
- Mind Health Connect
Topic: Nature of Mindfulness
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