Fostering mindfulness through small tools such as pictures, objects, food, simple movements, and music can help young children develop an ability to focus attention at a greater level.
One easy way for children to dip their toes into mindfulness is through the simple method of body poses. To get your kids interested, tell them that doing fun poses can help them feel strong, brave, and happy.
Have them go somewhere quiet and familiar, a place they feel safe. Next, tell them to try one of the following two poses:
The Superman: this pose is practiced by standing with the feet just wider than the hips, fists clenched, and arms reached out, stretching the body out as long as possible.
The Wonder Woman: this pose is struck by standing tall with legs wider than hip width apart and hands or fists placed on the hips.
While you’re on the subject of superheroes, there is a fun and easy way to introduce your kids to paying attention to the present.
Instruct your kids to turn on their “Spidey senses”, the super-focused senses of smell, sight, hearing, taste, and touch that Spiderman uses to keep tabs on the world around him. This will encourage them to pause and focus their attention on the present, opening their awareness to the information their senses bring in
This is a classic mindfulness exercise, packaged in a fun and easy to understand format that kids will find no difficulty in trying out.
(Karen Young, 2017).