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.
"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.
Attention to Breath and Body
Watch the ways students learn mindfulness by paying attention to their senses, breath and body movements while learning the Kindness Curriculum. Produced by PBS Wisconsin Education
Caring and Emotions
Explore how students recognize and work with their emotions, learning to care for themselves and others while learning the Kindness Curriculum. Produced by PBS Wisconsin Education.
More Well-Being, Decoded
Learn the latest from our research, see recent media mentions and experience some of the practices we study.
Students Find Strength in Uncertainty, with Boost from UW Flourishing Course
Nearly 150 UW–Madison students took part in a new kind of class that focused not on traditional subjects like chemistry or literature, but rather their own minds. The Art and Science of Human Flourishing was designed with first-year students in mind and many students experienced personal growth from life’s setbacks and a renewed sense of meaning in their lives.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Giving and Receiving Love
Love is a powerful emotion. It can be an anchor to keep us grounded and a tie that keeps us connected to others. In this 12 minute practice, we’ll celebrate love and invite more of it into our lives.
Meditating and Healing in a Traumatized World
Mushim Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher and writer who leads community engagement at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, Calif. In this Q&A, Ikeda shares how mindfulness meditation can be both inclusive and exclusive, both healing and traumatizing – all depending on people’s lived experiences and how they’re met with care during meditation practice or in their community.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Healing Intergenerational Trauma
Historical or intergenerational trauma can impact groups of people in both subtle and more acute ways, across generations. It can be helpful to make space for strong emotions by getting curious about them through Insight and by leaning on gratitude. That’s what we’ll be doing in this practice today, as an honor to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Badgers at forefront of mindfulness training in collegiate athletics
Center collaborator Chad McGehee leads UW’s efforts as meditation specialist for student-athletes and staff