12 Tips for Winter Themed Indoor Mindfulness Activities

As a kids yoga teacher for over 8 years now, I have witnessed the deep craving kids have to be still. I always explain how equally important it is to rest as much as it is to move and play. Especially during this cold Winter season.

Seasonal changes in weather affect how our minds and bodies function. In our fast paced and productivity - driven society, so many us fight against the natural rhythms of nature. We try to operate on the same intense levels of Summertime even during the Winter.

When days are long, our metabolism and energy levels amp up. In Winter, our bodies produce hormones that make us sleepy, giving us time to restore in mind and body and soul.

Why not take advantage of the season and give you and your kids some downtime this Winter and stay home? Chill out and let your kids enjoy some low key, inexpensive, safe and messy - free indoor mindfulness activities.

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to one thing at a time. When we are engaged in one activity at a time we are in the practice of building strong minds. This allows us to focus and find our zen.

Enjoy facilitating these activities for your kids or joining in the fun yourself!

FOCUS ON POM POMS

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Have an imaginary snowball fight

Count your poms poms or collect your favorite colors

Create your own snowflake shape

Have a pom pom race by blowing your pom pom to the finish line

Create your own snowflake shapes

Play toega by picking up the pom moms with your toes

Throw the pom moms on the floor and make snow angels on top of them

Make up your own pom pom game


MAKE + SHAPE

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Make your own shapes with pipe cleaners and beads and incorporate breathing

Pick up a bead and breathe in, place the bead on the pipe cleaner and breathe out

SCARVES FOR DAYS

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Twirl around in an imaginary snowstorm with your scarf

Breathe in and breathe out as you make the sound of the storm (hoo - woo!)

Toss the scarf up overhead and catch it on your head, arm, knee or any body part

Scrunch up the scarf and toe it to one another

Notice the texture of the scarf and make a sound with it by rubbing the fabric

Cover yourself up with a pile of scarves imagining you are buried in snow

Throw a scarf up in the air and try to keep it floating by blowing it from underneath

CLAY CREATIONS

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Make holiday clay shapes out of any color clay

Try closing your eyes while making a shape and see how it turns out

Design your own tree ornament or make a special gift for someone

What does the clay feel like, look like and smell like?

Create anything you would like and ask someone if they can guess what you made

PIN WHEEL + BUBBLES FOR DAYS

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Practice breathing with pinwheels and bubbles while having a magical time

Research the science behind how breathing help us calm our bodies and minds


BLINDFOLDED TASTE TEST

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Use a blindfold when tasting different foods and guess what it is

Food suggestions: orange slice, chocolate chip, raisin, dried cranberries

IF YOU WERE A…..

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If you were a snowflake what shape would you make with your body?

Make up your own Winter themes and ask this question

If you were a reindeer, snowball, snowflake, christmas tree…..

Other themes like animals or shapes are fun too!

BLOCK CREATIONS

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Foam yoga blocks are perfect for building anything the mind can imagine

These blocks are soft and durable, safe and quiet when they fall down

Create something that reminds you of Winter

Maybe build an igloo, christmas tree, santa’s sleigh, or a cozy cave

Build whatever you want and then knock it over because that’s so fun

Build a balance beam and walk across it, maybe even try balancing on it

Balance a block on your head or use it as a drum

Look online for wholesale prices at places like Sunshine Yoga

CLASSIC MEMORY

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You probably already own the classic memory game

Try other ways to use the cards

When someone gets a match if playing with animal pictures they act it out

Each animal can be turned into any yoga pose or shape

ARCTIC SCAVENGER HUNT

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Hide and find these fun arctic figures

You can also make animal body shapes, design a scene or make up your own thing!

This Arctic Toob set can be found in craft stores for $10 to $12

BOOKS, BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS

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Winter themed books can make the cold season feel a lil’ more magical

These books will spark the imagination of a young child

Look for pictures of animals or other images that can be turned into yoga shapes

Make up your own body shapes or yoga poses

COSMIC KIDS YOGA + MINDFULNESS VIDEOS

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