This activity is designed to help children to tune into each of their senses, their environment and their inner thoughts and feelings. Children develop skills in focus, attention, resilience, emotional intelligence and regulation of the body and emotions.
- This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to explore activities around mindfulness, nature and personal well being.
Lesson guides and printables
Learning Outcome 1:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported
- 1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
- 1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities
- 1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
Learning Outcome 3:
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing
- A space large enough for children (and adults) to sit or lie down (this activity works well inside, but outside is better!)
- A collection of flowers, leaves, stones, seed pods or other tactile natural materials (enough for one each)
- A small piece of fruit or something else edible for each child (berries, grapes, sultanas, herbs, cereal, etc). Be aware of food intolerance or allergies.
- Cool Australia audio recording – The Nature of Mindfulness – Super Senses – Early Learning
- Cool Australia factsheet – The Benefits of Mindfulness
- Cool Australia factsheet – The Importance of Mindfulness for Young Children