There are so many great ideas for classroom mindfulness activities! Today, we want to talk to you about one of our favorites: mindful coloring (and hint: we’ll have some free mindful coloring pages for you and your students linked in this post!).
Mindful coloring is simply coloring in the present moment. In mindful coloring, a person focuses fully on coloring. When thoughts of the past or the future pop up in their mind, they can simply recognize that they are no longer in the present moment, and then refocus their attention on mindful coloring.
Mindful coloring is one of the greatest calm classroom activities! It’s a simple social-emotional learning activity that can help all members of the classroom (including you, the teacher!) find calm and focus, and get the brain and body ready for effective teaching and learning.
Mindful coloring helps to relieve stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. It helps students with self-regulation. It helps the brain and the body to feel more relaxed.
With kids, it’s a great way to do mindfulness because students tend to get more out of visual classroom mindfulness exercises!
There are many ways to color mindfully with your students. Here are a few ideas:
Best part of this blog post? Our free mindful coloring pages resource for K-12 classrooms! (This link contains other free classroom mindfulness resources as well!)
This resource contains 5 mindful coloring sheets with growth mindset positive affirmations, and 5 matching mindfulness posters that can be used for your bulletin board (yay for calm classroom decor!):
Enjoy coloring mindfully with your students!
Kailey and Josianne
Teachers & Educalme Founders