The holidays can be a very special time of the year filled with ample opportunities to exercise love, generosity, and other social emotional competencies that epitomize the beauty of the human spirit. At the same time they can also be quite stressful. In either case it’s a good time to bring mindfulness into your home, classroom, or service offering in order to support children who are particularly sensitive to the opportunities as well as stress that the holidays can bring.
The following video package offers 12 holiday themed mindfulness lessons that help focus attention, calm and relax, and inspire more joy and connection this holiday season. These activities are geared toward preschool and elementary aged children though are adaptable to older children as well. They include music and movement, games, arts and crafts activities, as well as more traditional forms of mindfulness practice adapted for a younger audience. Additionally, the curriculum provides an introduction to teaching mindfulness to children which includes a research review, definition and brief history of mindfulness, and issues related to developmental appropriateness and the importance of early intervention.
Explore several lessons at once, one each day for 12 days, and/or pick your favorites and practice them over an extended period time (e.g. 2-3 months).