Kids love art and creating with their hands. I am always looking for mindfulness art activities that I can do with children to help them calm down. Relaxation, mental health strategies are important for children to learn. They need to be taught to be aware of their bodies and when they are feeling stressed, nervous or anxious.
This mindfulness art activity allows you to create a quiet, simple tool to use to calm down. For more mindfulness activities, a link to a FREE mindful choice board is included at the bottom.
I did this activity with over 100 young children at school and again at home with my own children. It is a great mindfulness art activity and the keepsake is perfect for mindfulness and relaxation.
All you need is polymer clay. I bought a package with a variety of colours for children to choose from. To start, I cut up each bar of polymer clay into small pieces – roughly the size of a grape. Children then chose 3 pieces that they wanted to make their mindful art out of. But the more colours the better!
I let children choose their colours because it is a great sensory activity, but also because they are more likely to use it if they personally created it.
Once the colours have been chosen, roll them together to make a ball. The more you roll and play with the clay the better it mixes. To extend the activity for young children, you can have them roll one colour of clay at a time.
Encourage them to be mindful and consider what the clay feels like, smells like and looks like. Can they think of words to describe the clay? Encourage them to roll it across a table while taking a deep breath in and a deep breath out as they roll it back towards them. Be careful not to roll and mix too much or it will just become one colour. The swirls of colour create a nice effect.
Roll and mix enough so that the colours are all together to form one ball, but make sure you can still see each colour. Next, pinch the ball with your thumb and index finger. Once it is squished and leaves a print of your thumb and finger, it is ready to be baked.
Follow the instruction on your polymer clay for cooking time, but typically it takes about 15 minutes in the oven to harden. Once cooled, you have completed your mindful stone!
I like mindfulness art activities because now that the art is done, you have created something with a purpose. The mindful stones are great to have in class with children. The stones can be used to help children, or even adults, to calm down. Hold it in your hand and rub your thumb over where your thumb print was left. It is a relaxing, quiet sensory activity kids enjoy using.
After creating them with young children, I even created one for myself. I love the fact 30 kids can use them at the same time without any sound. It gives everyone the chance to calm down. There are lots of mindful activities that you can do with kids, for a FREE printable choice board with 10 activities to get you started, click the image/link below.
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