Infographic: 15 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

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In a world where electronics rule behavior and disconnection is a rising problem, our next generation needs to learn how to build the muscle of awareness. Yet the fast-paced nature of our culture can carry kids’ attention in a million places at once, causing stress, confusion, and an inability to focus.

Mindfulness can teach kids how to fend off negative thoughts and behaviors, build self-confidence, focus, creativity, and treat others and themselves with respect and appreciation. It can also teach them how to become more aware of their surroundings, their feelings, their thoughts, and their actions.

Yet, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, only 1.6 percent of U.S. children practice meditation. Developing this awareness skill early in life—through mindfulness and meditation practices—can help them become better capable of handling stress when they get older. Why wait until later in life to teach mindfulness tools that will last children a lifetime?

Whether you’re a mom, dad, auntie, grandmother, teacher, nanny or otherwise spend time with kids, try these 15 different ways to introduce kids to mindfulness.

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Melissa Eisler

Melissa Eisler is an ICF certified leadership and career coach, certified meditation and yoga instructor, and author. She created Mindful Minutes to offer practical, relatable anecdotes and tips on how to bring mindfulness into the busyness of the digital age. Her intention is to share what she learns about overcoming her own challenges with meditation, mindfulness, and life balance while maintaining a challenging schedule and career. Learn more about Melissa here.


  1. debbie on June 23, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I have used “balancing” an eraser to non-dominate hand while writing in Kindergarten.
    Yes, the wee ones showed me what they needed.
    After the novelty wore off, only those who “needed”it used it
    Mindfulness Magic

    • Melissa Eisler on June 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Great idea! Thank you for sharing, Debbie.

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