Summertime is a great time to help your kids learn how to practice mindfulness. There are so many fun summertime mindfulness activities that you and your family can do together! In this post, I will show you how to create summertime vision boards and how to make calming mindful glitter jars. You will also learn how easy it is to teach your children about being mindful through reading and playing fun outdoor games, like my mindful scavenger hunt. Teaching our children about mindfulness will provide them with simple ways to de-stress and calm down when they get upset. Let’s begin and I promise you that your kids will love these fun summertime mindfulness activities!
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Summertime Mindfulness Activity: Vision Board
Vision boards are one of my most favorite activities to do with adults and kids. This activity inspires hope, imagination and positive goal setting. You can also incorporate mindfulness into this activity by simply being in the here and now. Begin by teaching your children to focus directly on the activity instead of worrying about another task. In other words when we teach ourselves and then in turn our children how to take a moment to breath and be present, then we naturally learn how to de-stress.
How to Create a Summertime Vision Board:
- Step 1: Discuss with your kids what they want to do this summer (similar to a summertime bucket list).
- Step 2: Have you kids cut out images and words out of magazines (or print pictures from your computer) of activities that they love and are inspired by. Images that help them create summertime goals. For example if you talked about swimming, find an image of a pool or the ocean.
- Step 3: Design your vision board. Choose where to put all of the images. Be creative and have fun!
- Step 4: Have your child present their vision board to you and your family. Ask questions and talk about their goals, inspirations and plans.
Summertime Mindfulness Activity: Glitter Jars
Mindful glitter jars are mesmerizing and kids love making them! To make this activity mindful, explain to your children that our emotions and thoughts are just like the glitter. When we are feeling overwhelmed and stressed our mind looks like the glitter when it is all stirred up and shaken around in the glitter jar. However, when we take a mindful breath we begin to feel grounded. Just like when we put the jar down and let it settle, our thoughts begin to settle with mindful breathing.
- 1 Glass Jar or Plastic Bottle with a lid
- Optional Glitter Kit (different sizes and shapes glitter)
- Clear Glue
- Add 1/4 cup of distilled water to any type of jar or water bottle
- Then add in your clear glue. Start with 1/4 cup (once you make a few jars you can decide to add more. The more you add the slower the glitter will settle when shaken).
- Swish the glue around in the glitter slowly – do not shake (this will create bubbles)
- Now fill your jar or bottle with more water – to the top of the jar or bottle
- Add your glitter – any color or colors. Have fun!
- I would recommend you glue the lid on when you are done so it does open or spill when shaken.
Summertime Mindfulness Activity: Reading
Reading is a great winding down summertime activity! Reading can simply be a mindful activity all on it’s own or you can make it a fun family activity by creating a mindful reading summer basket! The goal for any mindfulness activity is to focus on the here and now. Reading a book provides your mind with an opportunity to escape from planning and worrying. With reading you get to slow down, cozy up and get lost in a good book! However if you are looking for books specifically on mindfulness here are some of my favorite:
- #1 – Great mindfulness book for younger children
- #2 – Also great for little kids
- #3 – Wonderful book for teenagers!
- #4 – Interactive growth mindset book for children ages 6-12
- #5 – Interactive growth mindset book for teens
Summertime Mindfulness Activity: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Get outside this summer and let your kids be simply mindful in nature! Here is a great summertime mindfulness activity for the whole family! Go on a mindful scavenger hunt with your kids and show your kids how to use their 5 senses to feel grounded and calm outdoors.
Check out this post from Growing Dawn for 20 simple, fun and educational summer activities for your kids. I promise you that your kids will have no time to be bored this summer with these great activities!
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