Mindful Game for Kids: Settle the Mind

With Susan Kaiser Greenland

Explore 2 different methods to calm the mind and calm your classroom with Mindful Games author Susan Kaiser Greenland.

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About Susan Kaiser Greenland

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, and families. She is the author of books The Mindful Child and Mindful Games. Susan and her husband, author Seth Greenland, founded The Inner Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that taught secular mindfulness in schools and community-based programs in the greater Los Angeles area. Susan was on the clinical team of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, co-investigator on several UCLA research studies on the impact of mindfulness in education, and a collaborator on an investigation of mindful eating for children and caregivers.

Check out Susan's blog and her website, where you can listen and watch recordings of mindful games, guided meditations, songs, classes, and other resources for the classroom.

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  1. Amira Ali October 18, 2019 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot I like both of them

  2. paula October 18, 2019 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I love it!!! thanks

  3. Hafsa October 17, 2019 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Helpful exercises , thanks!

  4. Melissa October 17, 2019 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I love the snow globe metaphor and shake exercise. Thank you, can’t wait to share with co-workers.

  5. Rosalia October 17, 2019 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Wonderful! Short & sweet! A teacher I work with tried an exercise similar to this with our preschool kids, in song form, & I LOVED it! I loved seeing how engaged they were. They really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing these great activities. I look forward to expand it to my home with my littles. <3

  6. Patricia Zacarias October 17, 2019 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Nice exercise! Thanks a lot…I will try with my primary students.

  7. Carol October 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Ha ha ha, I can see myself shaking up all over

  8. Mikha October 17, 2019 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks Susan! Both of these are great to use with kids and adults 🙂

  9. Ana Cristina Perez October 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you Susan, the globe idea is great.

  10. Robyn Young October 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much.A beautiul idea and will apply it to my younger classes

  11. Mercedes M Thrush October 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    thank you

  12. Ndi Joel October 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you for that, I really love that

  13. Libby Edmonds October 17, 2019 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Thank you Susan, such powerful exercises to use. I live in South Africa and I am a Emotional intelligence facilitator. I look forward to sharing these tools and skills with Educators and parents.

  14. Linda Björk October 17, 2019 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Thank you for the hand-shack exercise. And thank you for sharing with us 🙂 Have a good day 🙂

  15. Shannon October 17, 2019 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Thank you, I love this and can’t wait to use it with my kindergartners in my resource room.

  16. Aaron Dang October 17, 2019 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Susan! I am an instructional coach at a title school and have been using mindfulness in the classroom as a tool to help kids self-regulate. These activities are clear. You are making a difference in classrooms with your studies, practice and products 🙂 . Thank you!

  17. Jacquelyn Berke October 17, 2019 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I work with both adults and kids. I use the shake out sillies in different terms for the adults!

  18. Renata October 17, 2019 at 6:46 am - Reply

    So simple, but fantastic. Ideal for my little students. Love it!

  19. Sandra October 17, 2019 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Hi Susan, I am a lover of mindfulness practice and do practice it daily. I loved these two games that introduced mindful practice it such a positive enlightening way. I do not work with children but I do believe we all have a child within. I am an accredited integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and I think the two games would suit any age within a therapeutic context. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Irene Kenison October 17, 2019 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Love the visual of the snowglobe. Once explained, can just shake it and watch it settle with students to instill calm!

  21. Mike October 17, 2019 at 5:54 am - Reply

    That snow globe is phenomenal. I’m thinking it would even work to show athletes to help preach the mental aspect of sport!

  22. Katarzyna October 17, 2019 at 5:25 am - Reply

    I don’t have a snow globe, but it might be a good idea to use small empty water bottles, fill them with some glitter and sand, so children can make their own to remind them about this exercise at home.

  23. Maria October 17, 2019 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Love the meaphor of the snow globe

  24. Joy October 17, 2019 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Can’t wait to try it with my class of 4th graders! Thank you!

  25. Sue October 17, 2019 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Thank you. Sue

  26. Meghan October 17, 2019 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Love this – spoke to an excited client snout the snow globe the other day and it was really helpful

  27. Emily Young October 17, 2019 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Love this…. two fantastic exercises, simple but effective! Thank you.

  28. Jean Ong October 17, 2019 at 1:47 am - Reply

    haha, i love the shaking part, such a great experience, thanks

  29. Rita Arancibia October 16, 2019 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Great exercise – easy to share!

  30. Dima October 16, 2019 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    I love the snow globe idea – very simple explanation for kids and adults – thank you!

  31. may zaw naing October 16, 2019 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    love the simple and effective explanation. Thank you.

  32. Milena October 16, 2019 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I will be trying the shaking with my little ones tomorrow. Thank you!

  33. Maria Vargas October 16, 2019 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Easy, fun and effective! Thanks!

  34. Sarah October 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the shaking exercise. It will be very helpful!

  35. Lisa October 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    The detailed explanation of the stress with the globe visual was very useful and easy to understand-
    Thank you! It would work well with the classroom sensory bottles as well! Thank you.

  36. Nicole October 16, 2019 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Love this game. Thank you for sharing.

  37. Emma Gonzalez October 16, 2019 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you! I love this exercise to do with my little guys. My kids will love this!

  38. Suzanne Blouin October 16, 2019 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Merci beaucoup! You give me another way to use the globe!

  39. Anne October 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    I have used this and as Kris said it works. It really works. Thank you.

  40. Rida Jones October 16, 2019 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I love the globe explanation

  41. FRANCIA ESPINOSA October 16, 2019 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Love it!

  42. MahaCitta October 16, 2019 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Nice n very simple. Kiddos will love it. Thanks Susan.

  43. Stefanie Haug October 16, 2019 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Dear Susan, over a decade ago I learned this snowglobe metaphor and exercise from you at another conference. And I’ve been referring to it ever since – and using it myself often. My attempts to make snowglobes with kids are a work in progress, but it’s been fun trying different methods. Thank you!

  44. Vivian Martin October 16, 2019 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Love the little games to do in class!!

  45. Vivian Martin October 16, 2019 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I love the little games to do in class!!!

  46. Ophélie October 16, 2019 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you! I love that you’ll give us little games to do in class!

  47. Kris October 16, 2019 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Works for kids and adults!

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