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Mindfulness activities for younger children

Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of experiences as they are happening with an attitude of curiosity and kindness – a useful skill in the current climate. Claire Kelly offers five tips for introducing these ideas with younger children

Your average primary school student is unlikely to stride into their first mindfulness class wide-eyed and openly receptive to what is to follow.

At best, they will have a healthy cynicism about what is about to unfold. At worst, they will do everything they can to distract, undermine and ridicule the unfamiliar content and activities.

The Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) is a national charity that creates evidence-based classroom mindfulness curricula and training for teachers. Here follows five useful tips on introducing mindfulness to younger children.

Children have an innate ability to identify a teacher who does not really understand their material. A teacher trying to teach mindfulness without having practised it themselves is a bit like a maths teacher trying to teach a French lesson without knowing any French. It is doomed from the outset.

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