This is a great activity for children of all ages. Using painted stones to tell their story. It can be extended so give children an opportunity to reflect on their feelings e.g. ABC happened, then I felt XYZ and so I did 123.
Older children can even paint their own story stones as a prior activity.
The book “Breathe With Me” by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder is a great guide for young children ages 4–8. It helps guide the children through six breathing meditation exercises to promote body awareness, calm anger, allow them to feel stronger in new situations, feel energized in the morning, and to relax at bedtime.
In the below video, the author Mariam Gates shares her book with a group of preschoolers. You may enjoy watching this at home with your young ones to help them connect with their breath.
I would like to share a quote with you that I recently read:
I prefer joy in the present to riches in the future.
What a wonderful reminder to remain grounded in the present instead of waiting / wishing for the riches of the future.
I have just finished reading her autobiography titled “The Story of My Life”, which is where I came across this quote. What a remarkable woman she was! Despite being blind and deaf from the age of 19 months (after suffering a terrible illness) she graduated cum laude from university with a BA degree.
She was a fiercely determined woman and filled with a huge love for life and all that the present moment offers us.