Ah, summer! The perfect time for kids to run wild and embrace the great outdoors. But what if we could add a touch of mindfulness to their outdoor adventures? Imagine them discovering the wonders of nature while cultivating a sense of calm and self-awareness. It's a summer of fun, exploration, and mindfulness! Ready to explore? Listed below are some of our favorite ways to explore mindfulness in the summer. Get ready for a summer filled with peace, tranquility, and a whole lot of outdoor fun!
Catching Calm Fishing: Summer is the perfect time for kids to dip their toes into the wonderful world of fishing and discover the mindfulness it brings! Picture this: casting lines, reeling in laughter, and finding a moment of Zen by the water's edge. Fishing becomes an adventure of patience and presence as little anglers wait for that exciting bite. With their senses tingling to the sounds of nature, the gentle splashes, and the sight of ripples spreading across the water, kids become one with the rhythm of the outdoors. Fishing encourages mindfulness by instilling patience, fostering a deeper appreciation for the environment, and providing a tranquil escape from the fast-paced world. It's a captivating way for kids to immerse themselves in nature, cultivate mindfulness, and create lasting memories of peaceful moments by the water's edge.
Stone Stacking: This whimsical practice not only lets kids unleash their creativity but also encourages mindfulness in a unique way. Picture your little ones carefully selecting rocks, feeling their weight and texture, and then skillfully balancing them one by one. As they focus on each stone, their minds become still and present, finding tranquility in the art of stacking. It's like creating a nature-inspired sculpture, one rock at a time. Let your kids channel their inner artist, embrace the joy of mindful creation.
Note: If you are stacking stones at a park, make sure to have your children dismantle the stacks. Leave No Trace, is the outdoor code.
Hug a Tree: Get ready for some tree-mendous summer mindfulness fun with a twist—hugging trees! Yes, you heard that right! Encourage your kids to embrace the wonders of nature by giving their favorite trees a big, heartfelt squeeze. As they wrap their arms around these gentle giants, they can feel the roughness of the bark, smell the earthy scent, and listen to the rustling leaves. It's a joyful and lighthearted way for kids to connect with nature and practice mindfulness. Encourage them to take deep breaths and imagine they're exchanging energy with the tree, feeling grounded and at peace. So, let's embark on a tree-hugging adventure this summer and let the good vibes flow with each warm embrace. It's time to embrace nature and squeeze the day!
Cloud Gazing and Starry Nights: There's something magical about looking up at the sky and being captivated by its ever-changing beauty. Spend lazy summer afternoons or evenings lying on the grass and gazing at the clouds or stars. Encourage your kids to let their imagination run wild as they identify shapes and patterns. This activity cultivates a sense of wonder and encourages them to let go of any worries or stress, experiencing a sense of calm in the vastness of the universe.
Let's Explore!! Sensory Scavenger Hunts: Turn a regular scavenger hunt into a sensory adventure! Create a list of natural items for your kids to find, such as a smooth pebble, a fragrant flower, or a feather. But here's the twist: encourage them to explore these items mindfully using their senses. Let them feel the textures, smell the scents, and listen to the sounds of nature. This activity will sharpen their observation skills and deepen their connection with the natural world.
Conclusion: Summer is the perfect time to introduce kids to mindfulness in nature. By incorporating these five fantastic activities into their outdoor adventures, you'll help them develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world while nurturing their sense of mindfulness and self-awareness. So, get ready for a summer filled with fishing at the water's edge, stone stacking, tree hugging, gazing at the wonders of the sky and exploring the magic of nature on sensory scavenger hunts. It's time to explore, grab your kids and step into the great outdoors. Let's embark on a summer of fun and mindfulness, where nature becomes the greatest teacher of all!
** Sara Clem the founder of Salveo Yoga has been working in the wellness industry for over 10+ years, with several certifications including Children's Yoga and Forest Bathing. Salveo Yoga offers a variety of wellness and nature-based programs. Sara enjoys working in schools, for educators, school organizations, families and kids. To learn more about Sara and her offerings please visit Salveo Yoga.