Adults often tell kids to "calm down," but we don't always teach kids the skills to actually calm down their bodies and their thoughts. This book does just that and is perhaps the friendliest feeling picture book I've ever read. With the help of some adorable animal friends and gently rhyming text, kids learn to concentrate on their breathing, slow their thoughts, notice the world around them, and identify their feelings. A fantastic introduction to meditation and mindfulness, it would be great for using individually with kids or in group settings. Recommended By Christine R., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
This accessible and fun guide to meditation and mindfulness is the perfect introduction for young children
Meditation does a body good, and can even help kids as young as four or five. This practical guide is gentle, clear, and a pleasure to use. Kids will learn how to focus on their breath, on the sensations in their body, and on the sounds around them to help them relax, settle their busy minds, and understand their emotions. Illustrated with cheerful drawings of five animal friends, the book offers step-by-step directions and a repeating refrain:
Breathe in, and fill your whole body. Breathe out, and relax your whole body.
It's an invigorating first experience of mindfulness that can be shared by parents and children at home, or by teachers and students in the classroom.