Are you looking for ways to encourage your child to be more mindful? Every child is different and will require a unique approach to mindfulness. In this article, we will explore 6 methods to try with your child at home. 

Puzzles of All Sizes!

Puzzles are the perfect activity for any child who is looking for a way to calm down after a busy day or start their morning on a calming note. If you have a younger child, small puzzle pieces might not be the best choice! Small-sized pieces can be frustrating for tiny hands, making it hard to complete the activity and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment as a result. Luckily, there are many large-sized puzzles made especially for children who want to take up space and work on a mindful project. Some of these pieces are even textured to promote further exploration for your child. 

Arts & Crafts 

It’s no secret that arts and crafts can be used as a way for children to express their creativity and explore different materials to create a masterpiece. You don’t need to go out and purchase an expensive art kit, either! Simply running to your local drugstore and picking up some crayons, paints, and colored paper can allow your child’s imagination to run wild. Be sure to display their work when they are done to show support and appreciation for their creativity. 

Coloring Books and Activities

Coloring books have made a recent comeback, even for adults who are looking for a calming way to be more mindful! While freestyle coloring is fun, having your child work with a coloring book can teach discipline and concentration. Being able to stay within the lines and choose complementary colors can be a very calming and grounding activity for people of any age. 

Gentle Exercise 

Exercise releases endorphins, which are a chemical known to be a natural pain reliever produced by your body.(1) Gentle exercise is a great way to help your child calm their mind and release these “feel good” chemicals. Take your family on an evening walk after dinner or encourage your child to bike to school. Incorporating gentle exercise into your child’s daily routine will allow them to be more mindful without even knowing it! 

Music Therapy 

Music therapy is a great way to allow your child to indulge in their creativity and explore the wonderful world of singing and instrumentals. Learning an instrument or practicing pitch takes a lot of focus, and it may also spark a new passion for the arts within your child! Try to incorporate this activity in a low-stress situation. Allow your child to explore and play with different instruments and sounds, rather than having them prepare for a recital or more formal concert.

Reading and Writing 

Reading and writing allow your child to focus on expanding their vocabulary and exploring the wonders of storytelling. If you already read your child a book before bed, try purchasing some easy reads for them to explore after meals or before naptime. Picture books can do the trick, too!

If your child is a bit older, try introducing them to the world of journaling. This is a great way for them to release their thoughts and document their experiences in a non-confrontational way. As a parent, you want your child to feel comfortable telling you things. Sometimes, writing ideas down is just a bit easier! 

If you are in need of coaching sessions to help your child be more mindful, NeuroBehavioral Services is here to help! Visit our website and book a consultation today so that we can get started on the perfect treatment plan for your child, you, and your family. 


  1. Endorphins: The Brain’s Natural Pain Reliever – Harvard Health