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Meditation for kids

These creative prompts engage our child’s imagination to help change how they’re feeling. 

COLOR VISIONING

Have your child sit quietly and focus on breathing. Then guide them through this exercise: 

  • Imagine a red circle, and place it on your chest. Imagine things that are red. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth.
  • Picture a larger, orange circle around the red one. Imagine things that are orange, while continuing with conscious breathing.
  • Then picture a larger yellow circle around the orange one, and a green one around the yellow one, and a blue one around the green one.
  • Then imagine a biiiiig purple circle covering your whole body. Imagine things that are purple.
  • Then exhale all your stress, in your whole body. Breathe in and out, slowly.

HAPPY PLACE

This exercise gives kids a safe, happy place to go within themselves when they need to. Have them settle into a comfortable position and then lead them through this exercise:

  • Paint your happy place in your mind, a place you want to be more than anywhere else. 
  • Imagine every detail while you calmly breathe. 
  • Describe the place out loud or draw it on paper. Make it so detailed that you’re transported, using all your senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. 

Remind kids that they can visit that place in their mind (or in their art!) anytime they want.