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Articles describing the fun we have had in previous Mindful Minis classes and workshops

holiday workshop (jul 2017, day 4) – taste

Posted on 6 Jul 2017

holiday workshop (jul 2017, day 4) – taste

Today was the final day of the Mindful Minis Holiday Workshop. We explored the sense that the children deemed the most fun – taste! The kids were super keen to get stuck in straight away so we started off with a taste test. We discussed how there are 5 main tastes that our taste buds can distinguish – bitter, sweet, salty, sour and umami (savoury). I passed around a variety of flavours and the children needed to decide whether they were bitter, sweet, salty, sour or umami. There was peanut...

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holiday workshop (jul 2017, day 3) – touch

Posted on 5 Jul 2017

holiday workshop (jul 2017, day 3) – touch

Today we discussed finding awareness using our sense of touch. As a welcome activity, I provided each child with a ball of scented play dough. I asked them to enjoy squishing and squashing the play dough, to notice how it felt in their hands. I then asked them to roll it into a long sausage and place it in a spiral shape at the top of their mats. Each child had a pom pom which they then blew in and out of the spiral. A lovely exercise that I enjoy using to draw attention to the breath. If one...

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holiday workshop (jul 2017, day 2) – hearing

Posted on 4 Jul 2017

holiday workshop (jul 2017, day 2) – hearing

We started off the class today with a fun name game. I have a big, brightly coloured ball of wool that zig zagged its way through the circle with each child calling out the name of the next person they wanted to pass it to. There were a couple of “what’s your name again?” moments but the group is definitely starting to connect. Once the ball had been completely unwound, we marvelled at the cool spider’s web that had been formed. We did some lovely deep breathing exercises while lifting the...

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holiday workshop (jul 2017, day 1) – smell

Posted on 3 Jul 2017

holiday workshop (jul 2017, day 1) – smell

There were smiles all round today at the first day of the Mindful Minis Holiday Workshop. There were some new faces who joined us for the first time, and a couple of seasoned Mindful Minis so a good mix! The theme for this workshop is about drawing attention to the present moment using our various senses. Since sight is the most dominant and we use it all the time, the focus of the workshop is on the other 4 senses. Today we explored the sense of smell. We spoke about how powerful the sense of...

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adding handfuls of happiness to the world – celebrating life!

Posted on 23 Jun 2017

adding handfuls of happiness to the world – celebrating life!

We had some very special classes this week “celebrating life” and it was a wonderful way to end off another term of Mindful Minis. We started the classes by talking about what celebrating life means to each of us. It was heart-warming to hear many of the children talk about cherishing the environment and celebrating nature. Spending time in nature is incredibly therapeutic and important for children (and adults!). But I was so inspired to hear the children knew all about the effects of...

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adding handfuls of happiness to the world – patience

Posted on 9 Jun 2017

adding handfuls of happiness to the world – patience

“Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn There was a wonderful energy in the classes this week. The children were enthusiastic and full of life. There was much discussion about the dramatic storm that we had in Cape Town this week. I had a moment of doubt at the beginning of the first class that a lesson about patience would be lost on the overly exuberant children but as it...

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