Mindful focus is a way of allowing your mind to be in the present and allows children to capitalise on their own innate sense of awe and wonder.
While in your garden or out on your daily walk, have each of your children (and you) collect a leaf. It can be a leaf that has fallen from a tree/plant or one still on a tree/plant.
Once home, have each child find a space where they can have five uninterrupted minutes with their leaf.
Direct them to do the following:
– Pick up the leaf and lay it in your hands.
– Notice the colours, the different in shades of colours and fading of one colour to another colour.
– Notice the veins in the leaf, the main stem, the edges of the leaf.
– Feel the leaf. Run your fingers over the top and bottom; along the edges. Notice the differences. Rub it against your face or over the top of your hand. Use nerve endings that normally are not used to feel objects. Notice the difference.
– Smell the leaf. Note the scent. Inhale deeply and notice the memories it may bring up.
Close your eyes and take a minute to breathe deeply and allow yourself to be in awe and wonder of the moment you have had with the leaf.
Proceed with a new found calmness and appreciation.
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