Mindfulness for Children and Babies

First Chance is offering an activity kit in March to introduce mindfulness for children and babies! The kit has creative and fun ideas to explore ways to be mindful every day as children play, move, read, create, and eat. And perhaps, as you teach your child, you will discover something new for you, too!

What is mindfulness? Being aware, noticing, observing, paying attention, and being present in the moment. Mindfulness can be as simple as taking a walk, breathing, and meditation. 

Why is mindfulness important? It calms your mind, relaxes your body, and soothes your worries. Mindfulness helps you understand your feelings and what is around you. It can help a parent and child feel closer to one another, connected to nature, and to be more thankful and loving to others.

You’ll love these simple ways to introduce mindfulness to your little one with the Mindfulness kit:

  • Read ABC Mindful Me for mindful activities A to Z!
  • Follow a MIndful March calendar with new ideas for every day of the month!
  • Paint emotion rocks with a paint set & brush!
  • Create a nature mandala or mosaic with craft supplies!
  • Make a mindfulness spot with a colorful carpet circle!
  • Blow bubbles and explore fun breathing exercises!
  • Do a Sunshine meditation with a sun squirt toy!
  • Try a sensory snacktime activity with raisins!

New! Are you looking for new learning activities for your baby? We have a limited supply of Mindful Baby kits with a mindfulness board book, snacks, bath soap, squirt toy, bubbles, and a colorful scarf to do 8 interactive activities. The Mindful Baby kits are for local families with a baby 0-12 months.

Learn mindfulness through movement at our upcoming Kids Yoga Class! We are offering a free virtual 30-minute kids yoga class with instructor Cynthia Chasteen on Thursday, March 18 from 6-6:30pm. Sign up by emailing L&L Educator Charity Quinn at quinnc@fc4c.org to get the zoom link! Participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of three Mindfulness Bundles with a yoga mat, book, and yoga ball, courtesy of Cynthia! 

Check out our Mindfulness for Young Children list with links to amazing books, ebooks, CDs and videos for easy borrowing at our local Daniel Boone Regional Library: https://dbrl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/478513017_charitylquinn/1849847309_mindfulness_for_young_children

Take the Survey

Whether this is your first or tenth time getting a kit, we want to hear from you! What do you enjoy about the activity kits? Do you have suggestions or new ideas? Take the survey: https://forms.gle/4aHDen1vF9K74gtn8

How do I get an Activity Kit?

The activity kits are free to local families with young children ages 0-5. Kits are given out on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. 

If this is your first time participating in a First Chance program or activity, fill out our online enrollment form:

You can download and print all the kit activities from home:

Curbside Hours

Pick up an activity kit during our Columbia L&L curbside hours on Tuesdays 9am-11am & Thursdays 1pm-3pm. When you arrive at our office parking lot at 1010 Fay St, text/call Charity (573-340-1341) to bring the activity kit to your car. Kit delivery is also available by request – email quinnc@fc4c.org.Northern Boone County Families: Pick up a kit during our Northern Boone Diaper Drive Thru on Thursday, March 18 from 2-4pm at L&L North (1023 E. Hwy 22, Centralia, MO) or request delivery – email bradleye@fc4c.org.