Well-Being Toolkit for Children, Educators and Parents
While research regarding mindfulness practices for children is still at an early stage, initial results point to potential benefits in children’s ability for self-regulation. Developing an ability to focus attention is an essential skill that can aid in kids’ relationships, school, sports, music and other areas of life.
This well-being toolkit is intended for educators, parents and caregivers of children. We have included tips, audio and video practices, our Kindness Curriculum and more resources for you.
Our mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum is a complete set of practices used in one of our studies in preschool classrooms, freely available to you.
More Education Tools and Resources
- Wisconsin Public Television
- Growing Minds: Calm Classrooms & Caring Schools
- Pure Edge
- Mindfulness Without Borders
- Association for Mindfulness in Education
- Move This World
- Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiative
- Garrison Institute Initiative on Contemplation and Education
- Inner Kids Program
- Inner Resilience Program
- Mindfulness in Education Network
- Mindful Schools Program
- MindUP Program
- SMART (education teacher renewal program)
- Still Quiet Place Program
- Stressed Teens Program
- Learning to BREATHE
- Wellness Works in Schools Program
- Inward Bound Mindfulness Education
Mindful Movement for Young Learners
Lisa Thomas Prince, an outreach specialist with the Center for Healthy Minds, shares a practice for young learners to promote well-being.
Awareness Practice for Kids
In this practice, lead by Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson, kids can learn a technique to cultivate their attention through being aware of their senses.
Finger Tracing Practice for Kids
Center well-being expert Chad McGehee shares a mindfulness-based practice to help kids calm the mind.
Body Movement Practice for Kids
Center well-being expert Abby Lindemann leads young viewers through an exercise using awareness of the body to notice emotions and feelings.
"Slow Mo Catch" Practice for Kids
McGehee leads children through a brief breathing practice that can be used to foster attention and calm.
Being Mindful During a 'Thought Parade'
McGehee shares strategies for young adults on how to relate to our flurry of thoughts with a more mindful attitude.
More Well-Being, Decoded
Learn the latest from our research, see recent media mentions and experience some of the practices we study.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Compassion Audio Practice
In this five minute active compassion practice, you'll strengthen your compassion practice by expressing care for a close friend or loved one.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Mindful Sensations Audio Practice
In this five minute seated body scan practice, you'll learn how to focus your attention on the sensations in your body to help you be more present and aware.
Mobile Program Expands Possibilities
A collaboration with the Center’s affiliated nonprofit Healthy Minds Innovations is opening the door to new research, made possible by its Healthy Minds @Work Program. Sasha Sommerfeldt discusses how this collaboration is working in a new study.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Kindness Audio Practice
In this five minute active practice, you’ll learn how expressing kindness toward others can help you feel more connected.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Core Values Audio Practice
In this five minute seated practice, you’ll uncover the values and principles that guide you in your life, and help you define your inner sense of purpose.