Meditation for Kids at Home
The last year has changed our lives in more ways than we could ever have imagined. It’s been trying, to say the least! For us adults, we can process the cause and reasoning behind the extreme lockdown measures. For children, who deny have the language skills this might be more difficult.
Introducing children to mediation at a young age can help them develop coping strategies, and to slow down. It’s an excellent life skill for all ages. Research on mindfulness and meditation for children is still somewhat limited. But studies have shown that it can decrease anxiety and increase cognitive performance (Ortiz R, Sibinga EM. 2017).
Psychologists recommend starting kids slowly with an easy guided meditation for a few minutes whenever possible, practice, and the big one – patience! Some easy to follow, guided meditations include:
Headspace for Kids
One of the most downloaded meditation and sleep apps for adults, is now available for kids, too. The app teaches the basics of meditation using engaging activities that can be customised for three age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-12.
This podcast features short stories that help children to relax. Each story guides them through visualisation and breathing exercises. It helps teach mindfulness and self-regulation.
Kids can wind down and relax listening to audio landscapes from across the natural world, with different guided relaxations incorporated. It aims to teach children how to work through big feelings, let go of stress, and find joy in everyday activities.
A podcast that teaches self-regulation and calm. These gentle stories help kids understand self-soothing techniques for nap times, understand solutions to everyday situations that encourage confidence and positive behaviour. This can be used for background noise when kids are drifting off to sleep, or be put on at any time of the day for some relaxation.
A practical illustrated book filled with activities to help kids find quiet when surrounded by constant stimulation.
Aimed at 8-12-year-olds this interactive book helps children understand and name their feelings and sensations about people, things, and the world around them. It works to guide children in making connections between both sensation and feeling. A useful guide for children and parents alike.
Using simple yoga poses, Good Morning Yoga takes children on a yoga adventure through a story. Written by Mariam Gates, the Director of KidPower Yoga (a yoga program used in schools across America) she uses her skills as an educator to guide children in finding their strength, confidence, problem-solving, and creativity.