Our latest round of lessons have been about calming and mindfulness. Every classroom is reading about Moody Cow (Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry MacLean) and making a Mind Jar - we have been having lots of fun with these! Mind Jars are simple to make with ingredients you probably already have at home. Not only did we learn calming skills, but it turned into a bit of a science lesson as well!
Making a Mind Jar:
Mix all ingredients together, shake well, and voila - a Mind Jar! The recipe came from this website: Momma Owl's Lab
A Mind Jar is a tool for children to use when they are feeling tense or upset. The jar of water and glitter represents our minds. When the jar is shaken the glitter swirls around and clouds our mind, making it hard to think clearly. As the glitter settles, so do our bodies, leaving us with calm and clear minds once again. The students are taught to breathe in and out slowly as the glitter settles to the bottom. Ask your student to tell you the story of Moody Cow.
We also watched this short video about feelings and calming:
My daughter and I experimenting to find the perfect Mind Jar recipe:
This jar was perfect. We ended up adding more water so you can't see the foam at the top. (Jar was $1.00 at Hobby Lobby, or you can just use a water bottle!)