We had soooooooo much fun in the lesson this week making our own lava lamps to watch during the guided visualisation.
Recipe 🌻1/3 vinegar 🌻2/3 cooking oil 🌻 Few drops food colouring 🌻 Tsp bicarbonate of soda
1. Pour the vinegar into the clear jar. 2. Pour in the cooking oil. 3. Add one or two drops of food colouring. You don’t need alot. 4. Watch what the food colouring does. 5. Then after a few minutes add 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda. 6. Watch and enjoy! 7. When things settle, you can add a little more bicarbonate.
NB. Be sure to keep out of reach of young children and throw away when done. This mixture is not edible!
On Wednesday, we continued with the current online series “When everything changes, I stay calm.” The lesson focused on BALANCE. Specifically, how to find a new balance in our lives when everything is different. This lesson included some physical balancing yoga poses to better explain the concept to the children. Often finding balance in a physical sense can help one to feel grounded and balanced emotionally. The children responded well to the activity and it was good to see them moving their bodies and getting some exercise, despite everyone being in lockdown during this Covid-19 pandemic.
On Monday we continued online the the series “When everything changes, I stay calm.” Through this current world health crisis, we can recite this mantra with our children to help us stay grounded. On Monday, one of the regular Mindful Minis celebrated his 11th birthday so the class took on a celebratory feel! I included a rainbow activity as well as some rainbow breathing. For me, a rainbow signifies hope and at this current time it is important to encourage our children (and ourselves) to remain hopeful.
Our body talks to us all the time. Do we take the time to be still and listen to what it is telling us? Doing this can sometimes help us to understand better how we are feelings since our emotions often manifest physically in the body.
At Mindful Minis this week we had fun exploring how certain emotions might feel physically in the body. We played a game guessing which emotion the different coloured bodies might be feeling. Each child then had the opportunity to explore and express where in the body they often feel emotion.
One light source (sunlight or torch) reflecting off a CD reveals 7 distinct colours.
In Mindful Minis this week, we looked at how our feelings can sometimes be like white light. Just as white light is made up of multiple colours that can’t always be seen, we can sometimes have multiple feelings simultaneously that cant be seen. So, for example, a child might feel nervous and excited at the same time when starting at a new school. Feeling these two somewhat contrasting emotions simultaneously can be confusing and leave the child feeling overwhelmed and uncertain.
In the Mindful Minis classes this week, we discussed how it is completely normal to sometimes feel more than one contrasting emotion at the same time. We discussed instances in which this might occur and the children completed a worksheet depicting different scenarios that they have experienced.
We also discussed ways in which we can distinguish the different feelings by using mindfulness. So for example, simply taking a deep breath. This helps us to sort out the feelings into their own jars as suggested by the wonderful book “The Color Monster“. So that, instead of ending up with brown sludge (which is what happens when a bunch of colours are mixed together!), we are able to reflect the rainbow within and see each feeling / colour for what it is.