Mindfulness and meditation videos for kids

We have started a new series of mindfulness meditations for kids on our channel.

Introducing Cosmic Kids Zen Den!

Jaime has been trying out some brilliant mindfulness games in her kids yoga classes and we’ve now made many of them into videos.

We’ve made 15 episodes so far. We think they are probably best for kids aged 5+ but we would love to hear how anyone gets on with them. We are hoping that they might be helpful in schools as a ‘brain break’ too.

The first 3 episodes we made are here:

Whirly Burly Snow Storm

This meditation is all about what happens in our minds when we are a little stressed or busy. In this video, Jaime uses the metaphor of a snow storm, and shows how we can use our breathing to calm the snow storm down.

Candle of Concentration

Kids hear a lot about concentration at school, but it’s quite a complicated thing for them to understand. In this video, Jaime shows us a candle and encourages us to focus on it, then we close our eyes and still see it in our mind’s eye. Candle gazing is an ancient form of meditation which encourages calmness. Here we use it to introduce the idea of visualisation (we see the candle still when we close our eyes) and to explain what focus or concentration is.

Movies In My Mind

This one goes a little bit more into helpful visualisation. Creating positive images in our minds is a really useful thing to do – we build a picture of what we want and move towards it. This video shows the kids that they can make a movie in their mind of anything, then offers them the opportunity to go through a door to a lovely place where they feel safe in the movie in their mind.


Please do let us know how you get on – we think there may be something very positive in these meditations, and we are aiming to make them work really well.

The rest are here in the Zen Den Playlist

 

Here’s some really great resources we have found useful:
Paws-b – part of the mindfulness in schools project in the UK.
Eline Snel’s book Sitting Still Like A Frog.
Susan Kaiser Greenland’s book – The Mindful Child
  • Sara

    I liked that! I’ve been doing the Cosmic Kids Yoga with my K students and I can definitely see the usefulness in doing these shorter meditations on days that are a little “crazy”. Thanks!!!

    • Martin

      Great – hope they work really well for your students. Please do let us know how you get on! Thanks for posting.

  • This is great! I’ve been looking for a great guided meditation for my kids to follow so thank you for filling that void! We’ve been doing the Cosmic Kids Yoga as well, my kids just LOVE Cosmic Kids. You guys make it so enjoyable!

    • Martin

      Thanks Tiffany! So glad you guys are liking Cosmic Kids. Hope Zen Den works well for your kids too! We having loads of fun making everything too.

  • Ms. Winters

    My 2nd grade students LOVE Cosmic Kids Yoga! They look forward to it each week. Thank you for providing these amazing videos. My next task is implementing the mindfulness and meditation videos during our free time! You guys ROCK!

    • Jaime

      It’s our pleasure Ms. Winters! Thank you for taking the time out to tell us and say a big HI to your 2nd grade students from us! J xx

  • P B

    Hi Martin and Jaime! My daughter and I both love all your videos. We only just discovered the zen den videos last week, but I think they are excellent and my daughter who only turned 4 mid-august loves to do them, even by herself. I am grateful for your videos, which I believe teach such crucially important lessons and are helping our kids become more aware and open hearted, and giving them a better chance to grow up to be happier, kinder, more equanimous humans. Thank you most sincerely for your great work.

    • Martin

      You are welcome, P B! Thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you’re enjoying it. It’s particularly wonderful to hear that your daughter – at only just 4 – is enjoying Zen Dens! We wish we had things like this when we were little – we had to do all our learning when we grew up! Martin