This past year I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Mindfulness. In particular, what it can do to help children (both at school and at home) become more aware of their surroundings.
For those of you who haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about, Mindfulness simply means being aware of what’s around you, taking pleasure in the small things that make up our world and accepting our feelings towards this without trying to change them.
I’ve become much more aware of how difficult it can be to get kids to slow down and notice the small, joyful details of life. I mean, we struggle with that too, right?! It’s so easy to get caught up with what’s going on that we rarely take a second to appreciate what’s around us.
Bearing that in mind, I’ve created a set of printables that can encourage your kids to notice small details and bring their focus back into play. Mindfulness can help to increase concentration and instill a sense of calm and awareness – sounds good!
These printables each contain a set of 6 things that children need to see if they can spot (get your binoculars ready!). The best thing is that they can be used multiple times; things around us change often and the results will vary each day. Each point can also open a wide variety of conversation opportunities.
For example, in the Spot in the City printable you will see that it asks the kids to spot a car with 4 passengers. After they’ve spotted one, you could go on to ask them who they think the passengers are, how they are related, or where they are going. A whole range of questioning awaits!
To get the best use out of these printables, I recommend printing them on cardstock or thicker paper, you can then insert them into a plastic wallet. This way, your child can easily make notes or record things using a dry-erase marker pen.
If you want to get your hands on the full set: Spot in the City, Spot in the Great Outdoors and Spot at Home, go ahead and subscribe! You’ll also get more freebies and printables in the future!