Breath, Body, Art
Teaching Kids Mindfulness Skills
Through Art Making
Mindfulness skills are important for kids to learn because they are helpful tools to build self-awareness, reduce stress and anxiety, help kids recognize and control their emotions, help improve focus and attention, help kids build body awareness, and help them be in the present moment.
In this series of videos, artists Samela and Patrick St. Pierre will lead kids through a series of different art activities that help teach mindfulness skills for kids.
The art activities are designed to be simple, with a focus on the process and not the product. They are designed to require as few materials as possible, and utilize materials already around your home.
This video series was made possible by the generosity of the Framingham Cultural Council.
Easy Anxiety and Puppet Making
Learn to feel less anxious through a mindful game and build a sock puppet to play with.
An old sock - School glue - Thin cardboard - Construction paper - Markers or crayons - Buttons or googly eyes
Mindful Breathing & Mandala Making:
Learn breathing and focus through mandala design using everyday objects
No art supplies needed.
Loving Kindness & Heart Art
Get in touch with your emotions while creating heart centered art
Paper or canvas to draw or paint on
Mark making materials such as pens, pencils, markers, crayons, paint, pastels
Optional - scissors
Relaxing Your Body & Clay Creations
Learn to be more mindful and relax while creating some easy clay creatures
Playdoh or other modeling compound
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP water
Food coloring (optional)
Mix flour and salt together. Add in oil and mix. Add water in slowly and mix until a soft clay forms.
Can be baked to harden at 250 degrees.
Special thanks to the Framingham Cultural Council for their support and making this project possible.