From September 1st to 21st, Mindful Littles is joining Born This Way Foundation’s #BeKind21 campaign to encourage connection and mental well-being through kindness.
Mindful Littles Loving-Kindness Practices
Research shows when we consciously send compassion and warmth to others through loving-kindness meditation, we feel more connected to people we love, friends, family, neighbors and even strangers! Feeling connected builds our capacity for kindness and compassion, decreases our bias towards others and increases our own well-being. Try one of our loving- kindness practices and notice what happens.
Planting Seeds of Compassion for Yourself & Others
Noticing the parallels between plant nature and human nature helps us appreciate the ways we, too, thrive when we receive and give nurturing. In this activity, setting an intention with your child before planting herb seeds connects you to the potential to grow compassion for ourselves and others.
Flowers of Unity: Community Art Project
To memorialize and honor the numerous Black individuals who have been killed by police or vigilantes, and to declare our support for the Black Lives Matter movement, we are collecting paper and fabric flowers from the community.
Decorate & Deliver Kindness Rocks to Spread Goodwill
Painting colorful, inspirational Kindness Rocks to deliver to neighbors is a creative way to show kindness. Add a personal postcard and watch the kindness spread!
Signs of Positivity for Local Businesses
Our local businesses do so much for our communities, from providing us food and flashlights to toys and toilet paper. One simple way to show them our appreciation and support is by making uplifting Signs of Positivity to post on their doors and windows.
Make a Nature Paintbrush to Create Kindness Cards
Nature and art make perfect companions in this sensory outdoor project. First you’ll use your keen observation skills to collect natural materials outside. Next, you’ll use those items to create a Nature Paintbrush. Finally, you’ll paint beautiful Kindness Cards to send to people you love and care about. Let’s get started!
Peacemaker Thank Yous Connect Gratitude With Peace
Introducing young children to the concept of peace helps them return to those feelings of calm and contentedness when they experience emotional overwhelm. Linking the feeling of peace with a particular person, like a parent, teacher or friend helps reinforce for kids that they’re not alone when they need help regulating.
Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness
Ever help carry someone’s groceries, drop cookies off at your neighbor’s or slip a few quarters into an about-to-expire parking meter? Or maybe you smiled at a stranger walking by, helped an elderly woman step down from the bus or made a funny face to distract a fussy child.