I LOVE clouds! I know it’s kind of a random thing to love but I’ve always had a fascination with clouds and watching them move through the sky makes me feel very peaceful. Here’s a cloud gazing activity that helps me feel more mindful with my kids:
- First we go outside and lay a blanket on the ground. This could be in our yard or at a park (in my fantasy world it would be on the beach).
- Then I ask my kids “what do you see in the sky?” I listen intently to what they each have to say. Then we we have conversations about what we see. Even if there aren’t clouds, there are usually other things to talk about (planes, birds, etc.).
- Then we look for our favorite clouds and describe them to each other (what color are they, what shapes are they, and if you want to get all sciency- what type of clouds are they? Cumulus– big and fluffy grey or white clouds, stratus- big grey blanket-looking clouds and may create some rain or snow, cirrus– high clouds that are thin and made of ice, nimbus– dark grey and large rain clouds).
- Next, we make up stories about the shapes we see in the clouds.
- I also try to add in a quiet moment, that I like to call a “mindful moment.” That doesn’t usually last very long, but I want to introduce them to the beginnings of what it’s like to meditate (which admittedly, I even have a hard time getting myself to do- it’s a work in progress).
- If you wanted to add onto the learning aspect of cloud-related concepts you could read books about clouds, do a cloud art project, or watch science videos about clouds when you go inside. These could be mindful activities too! That’s the beauty if mindfulness, you can find it in any moment.
What are your favorite ways to be mindful with your kids?
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