Mindfulness + Art Activity Guide - Intro to Mindfulness & Glitter Jars

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Mindfulness + Art Activity Guide - Intro to Mindfulness & Glitter Jars

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In this lesson, children will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness and make a glitter jar to practice working out their "attention muscles" and as a tool for self-regulation. This is the first lesson in a year-long mindfulness series that integrates art and mindfulness.

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This is the first class in our Year of Living Mindfully series. A Year of Living Mindfully is a monthly class that uses art as a way to experience and practice mindfulness. Our year-long mindfulness series will incorporate practices that connect children to themselves through breath work, games, stories, movement, and art with lessons designed to provide children with a solid foundation to build their own healthy self-regulation. In each class, we’ll use art to foster understanding of mindfulness, as well as empower children to utilize art as a mindfulness practice in their daily lives. We will feature different media and techniques across the year to expose children to a wide variety of mindfulness-based art experiences and we’ll provide resources and suggestions for further integration at home.

In this class, children will be introduced to mindfulness and make a glitter jar to use as a re-centering tool.

Lesson: Introduction to Mindfulness - Our Attention

Ages: Four to eight

Materials:

  • Chime or bell

  • Hoberman sphere (optional)

  • Mason jar, empty water bottle (Voss brand works well), or recycled jars that seal well (1 per student).

  • Clear, liquid hand soap (approximately 6 ounces per student)

  • Glitter

  • Food coloring

  • Spoons

  • Optional glitter jar additions: puff balls, small plastic toys, LEGOs, beads, etc.

  • One premade glitter jar to use for demonstration