In this video, Al encourages children to talk to trusted adults about feelings they may have from missing fun events and friends due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Al sings the “Be My Friend” song and reminds children that he will always be their friend.
Select a color for each feeling that you have felt in the last week. Write the color and feeling on the right and color how much you have felt each feeling in the heart.
Example: If you use the color pink for happy and you’ve felt mostly happy in the last week, use more pink to color inside your heart.
Yoga helps kids relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, improve emotional regulation, increase empathy, and improve mood and affect. Try these fun poses with your kids at home!
When trying new things like exercising Mindfulness, your child may wonder what it even means to be mindful. You can explain mindful as a skill that helps you:
- Pay attention better
- Be less distractible
- Learn more
- Stay calm under stress
- Avoid getting too upset about things
- Slow down instead of rush
- Listen better to others
- Be more patient
- Get along better
- Feel happier and enjoy things moreIf this sounds like a superpower, it is! Being mindful helps people in just about every part of life. Learning how to be mindful when you’re young gives you a chance to get really good at it and use it always.
- Draw a picture of four mountains on a blank sheet of paper.
- Trace them with your finger.
- As your finger slowly traces up the left side, take a deep breath in.
- Then while your finger traces down the right side, exhale that breath slowly.
- Try tracing the mountains three times.
- Pay attention to how you are feeling afterwards.