Mindful Game for Kids: Train Flexible Attention

With Susan Kaiser Greenland

Discover the Butterfly Body Scan for training flexible attention in anyone—from little kids to teens or adults.

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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. Maria Mavri October 19, 2019 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    so nice learning this method. I teach Physical Education (first grade, elementary school) and developing flexible attention in this manner before the lesson I think it will help the children a lot to focus on their exercise and listen and execute an instruction faster and easier.

  2. samia fedha October 19, 2019 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    I did it.

  3. Valerie Kelly October 19, 2019 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the wonderfully dynamic body scan practice. I know all the students will enjoy, engage, learn and share this significantly focus enhancing practice.

  4. Selena October 19, 2019 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Love how realistic this is to implement in the classroom!

  5. Slobodanka October 19, 2019 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Wonderful way to do body scan, thank you.

  6. Prince Goodluck OBI October 19, 2019 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Creativity is the mother of invention !Nice one indeed

  7. Jessica Botelho October 18, 2019 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a great idea! Thank you very much for sharing this fantastic technique!

  8. susan Landsberg October 18, 2019 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Really beautiful body awareness technique. Thank you xxx


  9. Brenda SCott-Mead October 18, 2019 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Ms Greenland’s strategies are extremely helpful — easy to learn, easy to adapt, very user friendly and quite successful. Many thanks

  10. regina messer October 18, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    It is so nice to learn these games. How helpful they are!

  11. I love Susan October 18, 2019 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I’m scared of insects and can’t imagine relaxing or paying attention after imagining a butterfly….

  12. Irene Kenison October 18, 2019 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Simple way to get kids to use intention to shift attention.

  13. Irene Kenison October 18, 2019 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Simple way to let kids use intention to shift attention.

  14. Zoe October 18, 2019 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Thank you! This is such a simple and fun exercise.

  15. Adriana October 18, 2019 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Beautiful and simple practice. Thank you!

  16. Stéphanie Gaudion October 18, 2019 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Merci pour ces belles idées.

  17. Jill October 18, 2019 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Lovely idea. Thank you.

  18. Jonny Wells October 18, 2019 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Really effective game – thank you so much. Really enjoyed this session and the one you gave yesterday too.

  19. Tess October 18, 2019 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Fabulous. I am not a school teacher but a Mum and Health Professional. This is so incredibly useful!

  20. may zaw naing October 17, 2019 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Thank you. Really effective

    • anna October 18, 2019 at 4:09 am - Reply


  21. Debbie Scalia October 17, 2019 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I love this concept and plan on sharing this with my counselors and teachers for our kindergarten students! I’ve already started using some of the things I’ve learned from the mindfulness summit!

  22. Patty October 17, 2019 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I love a new way to do the body scan with my students.

  23. Emma Gonzalez October 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I can’t wait to try this with my kids.

  24. Beth October 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Really love your ideas. I work in special education and sometimes it is hard to find ways to make activities accessible for the wide range of abilities in my classroom. I look forward to trying some of your activities with my students. Thank you:)

  25. Jessi October 17, 2019 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Really Love the simplicity and effects. Thank you.

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