Our goal is to provide mini tips to help connect everyone to the present moment, experiencing life right now, using Mindfulness Based Techniques and Play Based Learning.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is bringing your attention to what is happening to you in the present moment.
Our resources for parents / educators focus on bringing awareness to the present moment while completing an activity or experience. It is about incorporating Mindfulness Based Practices however we can, whenever we can!
Learning to Pause in Play
Learning to pause in play will sharpen children's senses and attention, and enhance memory, problem solving, relationships, creativity, and physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing.
Children learn best through example, so it is crucial to be a role model for your children by showing them how you pause during your everyday activities.
Mindfulness means bringing your attention to the present moment, the same idea can be applied to Mindful Play.
It means supporting your child to live in the moment, and extending their education by answering questions, setting up play experiences and exploring our world!
1. Set Up Play Experiences
Setting up a play experience can mean many different things. Sometimes that means adults have placed items out for children to engage with in specific way. Other times setting up a play experience can mean providing materials and allowing them to choose their own adventures! Like exploring with Loose Parts!
2. Play Exploration
Children are naturally very curious, they want to know and understand things about their world.
One of the best ways for them to learn is by exploring! How does the cars wheels turn? What does that mud puddle feel like? What happens when I mix these colours together? Play allows children to safely explore the world around them.
3. Allow for Natural Play Experiences
Natural means both outside in nature and organically through an unplanned experience! Take a child for a walk in a forest and then allow nature to provide the play experience. Your child may balance on a log, or create a pattern from natural items (rock, acorn, leaf, repeat), both these examples may seem simple enough and a lot of fun, but they are also learning a lot about the world around them!
4. Visit Water
Explanation is also a key factor in supporting the play exploration. Children want to understand WHY something does what it does, and HOW it works. Explaining, when possible, or Googling when you don't know, is a great way to educate yourself and your child! Explaining things can also extend play, if a child begins to understand why you use measuring cups, then they can begin to incorporate that in their play.
5. Answer Questions
We totally understand that children have ONE MILLION QUESTIONS and to answer every one of them seems exhausting. With that being said remember this is how children learn about their world! The more questions we can answer the more they can explore and the more they will begin to understand!
Passed Mindfulness Tips
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