Yay! Spring officially started on March 20th and Easter is coming up on April 5th. Time to celebrate with Easter inspired movement, meditation and mindfulness activities! This week’s post includes a mindful craft activity, a classic childhood game, as well as links to two FREE Easter themed Movement, Meditation and Mindfulness sessions with Lisa Roberts, suitable for kids 4-11 years.
What are you waiting for? Hop to it, grab the kids, and enjoy some quality Movement, Meditation and Mindfulness family time together.
Lisa Roberts xoxo
Movement, Meditation and Mindfulness with Lisa Roberts
Mindful Craft: Mandala Magic
Make your own Easter mandala!
Get your creative juices flowing and create your own mandalas! Forget about a circle shape and instead design your own inside the shape of an egg. You can make them to use for your own meditation practice, or you can make them as gifts for friends and family!
You will need:
Sharpie (preferably black or blue)
Colorful paints, crayons or felt-tip pens
How do I do it?
Begin by drawing an egg shape on plain paper.
Using your pencil, create a design within the shape, it can be as intricate or simple as you wish to make it.
Once you are happy with your final design, draw over the outline with sharpie to make it bolder.
Make it beautiful and colorful or give it to a friend to color and use as a meditation tool.
Mindful Game: Egg’n’Spoon
What is Egg’n’Spoon and how does it help? Egg’n’spoon is a familiar childhood game that requires focus to play, it is a wonderful way to help children move with mindful awareness and control of their body
You will need:
Plastic spoon (teaspoons are more challenging!)
Plastic egg (I use Oriental Trading Company eggs with *plastic toys inside – these can be used to inspire a mindful movement and mindful breathing session)
Yoga mats or painter’s tape to create a “path” to follow
There are many different ways to incorporate this mindfulness challenge into your MMM sessions:
Set a course for the child to follow while balancing the egg on the spoon, without dropping it! Course can be a simple or complex set-up; depending on the developmental ability and goals for the session. For example:
Walking from one end of a yoga mat to the other, or across the room
Walking around the edge of a yoga mat and completing a full cycle of its perimeter
Zig-zagging through traffic cones
Navigating a maze on the floor (use yoga mats or painter’s tape to build a maze)
If the egg drops, the child must go back to the start and begin again. This is a great opportunity to teach breathing and centering techniques to refocus and make a fresh start instead of getting frustrated!
Upon completion of first challenge, alter the course to increase the challenge OR maintain the same course with the child transferring an entire basket of eggs from point A to point B.
Partner or Team Challenge:
Play as outlined above, but in a relay team format, carefully and mindfully transferring the egg from one spoon to another without dropping. Each partner or team member receiving the egg then completes a predetermined section of the course. If a team player drops the egg at any point they must go back to the start. Whichever team completes the course first is the winning team.
*Plastic eggs with toys: Open the eggs and create movement, meditation and mindfulness practices based on the toys found inside.
Modulate energy levels: Use this game as a mindfulness activity to recenter children between stretches and postures.