Life often throws us curveballs, requiring us
to change without plans. This can cause
some anxiety among parents and children as unexpected changes are made without
choice. There are plenty of activities
for your children to do that can take place right in your home! Parents feel
free to join in with them - they’re fun for the whole family!
This sudden change can allow all of us to
practice Mindfulness and practice being in the moment. Some simple mindful activities that you can
practice at home are:
- Take a
Listening Walk - Listen to the noises that surround you on your walk.
Notice the sound of the birds chirping, the bees buzzing, the river
flowing, and even the sound of your footsteps!
- Go on a
Safari - encourage your children that you are going on a Safari hunt and
encourage them to point out birds, bugs, and even creepy-crawlies! See who
can find the most creatures while on your Safari.
- Take a break
and lay down on the sidewalk. How many different shapes can you see in the
- Use a HAPPY
moment to “soak in the good” by pausing with your child to observe the
pleasant physical and emotional feelings present.
- Press the
“pause button” together during a tense moment (but not too tense) and
check in with how each of you is feeling at that moment.
- Download the
Stop, Breathe, and Think APP for kids.
The following are some great activities for a
rainy day (but can be done any day!) to enjoy:
- Put on a
skit or a play - great way to get creative!
- Play a
classic card game.
- Write a
song, story, or a poem. Writing is
a fun way for self-expression.
- Play an old
- Bake and
Decorate! Bake cupcakes, cookies, cakes and allow your child to decorate
- Have a dance
forts and pop up tents. Make a pretend campsite in the house.
puzzles - these improve collaboration and cooperation skills.
- Read out
loud - snuggle up together and have a read-a-thon.
- Write an
old-fashioned letter to a family member or family friend.
kids to engage in imaginative play!
Charades with the family
- I Spy
- Movies and
TV shows - make sure they’re appropriate for children.
Here are some sensory activities to enjoy:
- Play doh - you can even make your own playdoh - https://youtu.be/oAIAm6BF0fs
- Cooking and
baking - allow your child to mix with hands (after they’re washed of
course!) to explore new textures
Sensory bottles - https://youtu.be/D7zp7KbxbKY
that provide coordinating movement with balance
- Animal walk
- Use a
rolling pin and cookie cutters while baking
feelings of Anxiety
- Listen to
calming music - Download the APP “Sleepa” to
create your own calming sound machine.
increase attention, alertness, and address impulsivity challenges
- Freeze Dance
- Simon Says