By Whitney Stewart
Illustrated by Mina Braun
Introducing Mindful Kids, the one-of-a-kind mindfulness activity deck for kids age 4 to 104! Make any moment mindful from morning to night with 5 categories of cards, designed to fit into each part of the day. Whimsical full-color illustrations on both sides of the cards provide easy-to-follow steps for each practice. The cards and 8-page instructional booklet include tips for children of a wide range of abilities, making this deck an inclusive tool for nurturing inner peace and strength.
DECK OF 50 CARDS WITH 8PP ILLUSTRATED LEAFLET
BOX 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 1 1/4 IN
Mindful Kids was written by an award-winning author and mindfulness expert, with input from early childhood development and inclusion specialists.
Research shows that practicing mindfulness increases focus and concentration, teaches children to self-regulate emotions and develops empathy, self-awareness and kindness.
Easily adaptable for home or classroom use, these cards are structured to take all children, regardless of ability, through their whole day from morning to night with peace and inner strength.
The deck format with sturdy cards is perfect for busy kids. Mix and match the cards you need from the different categories below and keep them close for reference during your practice.
Looking for ways to incorporate mindfulness into your child or students' routines? Try these easy ideas:
Has a child in your life woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Use the breathing and visualization activities to help them notice their mood and release any grumpy feelings or worries.
Help kids focus before a test with breathing exercises. Group and partner activities can help students resolve conflict, build friendships and boost other social emotional skills!
Is a child nervous to try something new? Use these cards to help them practice replacing negative thoughts with positive, encouraging ones.
Tame bedtime struggles with these fun activities! Once you've worked out the wiggles, help little ones slow down for sleep.
Whitney Stewart puts her heart, mind and feet into her work. She has trekked in a Himalayan snowstorm with Sir Edmund Hillary, climbed to remote Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, interviewed the Dalai Lama in India and sat for days in meditation retreats. She is the author of many travel articles, and of both fiction and nonfiction for children. When she is not writing or traveling, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to children and adults.
Mina Braun is an illustrator and printmaker from Germany. She now lives in Berlin, after studying at Edinburgh College of Art and working in bonny Scotland for more than a decade. All her work starts with a black line drawing, which then evolves into a screen print or digital image.
|“What a gem of a resource . . . The art is magical and the text deeply thoughtful and practical. The Mindful Kids card deck is a must have for kids and adults of all ages”
— Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens
“Mindful Kids is what was missing in the market: an easy to use, fun and inviting kit with many mindfulness activities for all ages and many occasions, whether it is to start the day with purpose and energy, to cultivate peace or focus, or to open the heart with love and kindness. Mindful Kids is what every parent, teacher, or therapist can use to guide those they care for”
“These activity cards are wonderful for our exhibit facilitators to use for mindfulness workshops with families, or for getting kids focused before a field trip or summer camp. They are easy to understand, and also give adults new ideas for ways to explain, visualize, and build upon familiar techniques and exercises. We need more of these tools in our communities! Kids are never too young to begin learning to be more attentive and gentle to others and themselves”
|“These beautiful and easy-to-use cards are wonderful! I have used them with young children, teens, families, and teachers, and everyone agrees how helpful and accessible they are. I love how the cards are organized into categories and bring simple and effective mindfulness skills into everyday moments to support a purposeful pause in the busyness of life. I will continue to use these in my psychotherapy practice, in mindfulness teachings, and with my own children, as well as recommend them to parents and teachers alike. What a gift these cards bring!”
—Jessi Heneghan, Atlanta Mindfulness Institute Faculty
|“This product could prove very useful in both a school and home setting. Recommended especially for parents, teachers, and counselors to use with the elementary school children in their lives”
—Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Youth Library Services Book Review
|“Who knew mindfulness could be so much fun, yet remain powerful at the same time? A truly unique adventure of self-healing, where laughter and an uncluttered mind are both the goal and the journey itself”
— Tav Sparks, author of The Power Within: Becoming, Being, and the Holotropic Paradigm and director of Grof Transpersonal Training
|“Whitney Stewart has made mindfulness easily accessible by everyone. The simple step-by-step instructions make it possible for teachers and families to use the cards anytime during the day when a mini mindful moment is needed. . . I highly recommend these cards. I know they will become a staple in my own tool kit for working with youth and bringing mindfulness into my and their lives. They should be in every classroom, library and in any space that involves youth”
— Eve Costarelli, yoga and flamenco teacher