Especially young children often need visual support to understand the sometimes abstract instructions for mindfulness exercises. Again, these cards can be used in multiple ways. At circle time one child could pick out a card and all children focus their awareness on the chosen part of their body for a few minutes. Children can use them by themselves in their room and maybe pick out a card in the morning after getting up to ground themselves for a few minutes. The teacher could choose a number of cards and stick them on a magnetic board for a mini body scan, for example shoulder, hands, forehead: “Move your awareness to your shoulders for a minute, can you feel any tension or tingling? If you do you could stretch them out a little. Now let’s move our attention to our hands, are they warm or cold? Wriggle your fingers and shake out your hands. And lastly let’s move up to our forehead. Let’s try and relax any tension that we often hold up here and stay with this soft feeling for a couple of minutes before we get started with our lesson.”
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