Posted on September 12 2017
I shared many of these ideas for a mindful area for you last year, but now I’ve added more ideas to spruce up your space.
If you have the space in your classroom or home, a mindful area is a great way to provide anxious, frustrated or overly excited children a place to chill, regroup and get in touch with their mindful selves. Here are some great ideas that you could add to that space so all kids can find something that helps them reconnect and calm down. Encouraging children to have a hand in designing the space will provide a sense of ownership and respect for their newly created space. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself sneaking away to spend time here as well!
- Coloring books/page with colored pencils. Mandalas are wonderful!
- I pads with head phones to listen to soft music, guided meditations or visualizations
- Kids yoga deck with illustrated cards so if a movement break is needed, they can do these on their own
- Positive affirmations or mantras for them to say to themselves. These can be printed on cards so they can find one that resonates with them at the moment
- Journal paper for those students who find peace in drawing or writing
- Puzzles, mazes or Mad Libs. These can help redirect their thoughts or anger
- Breathing activities that can also be printed on cards for them to choose just the right one. You can also include a Hoberman Sphere to guide them through their inhalations and exhalations (inhales expand the sphere, exhales contract it)
- Tactile basket with stress balls, molding clay, rollers, etc.
- Cushions for quiet sitting
- Blankets or pillows if getting cozy is what’s needed. Maybe even a heated blanket!
- Weighted lap cushions for proprioceptive support
- Rain Sticks for auditory sensory support
- Craft Kits
- Kaleidoscope to visually calm
- Eye masks for rest and relaxation
- Lava Lamps or clear mind jars are truly mesmerizing!
- Calming essential oil spray (for older students) for olfactory sensory support
- Mini massagers
- Rubik’s Cube