Our choice for World Mental Health Day is this lovely book of mindfulness, which encourages children to slow down and connect with the world around them.
Each double page focuses on a sense or emotional state – listening, feeling, relaxing, tasting, touching, discovering, smelling, loving, appreciating and breathing. There is a simple rhyme for each one which encourages your child to stop and anchor themselves in their surroundings or the way they are feeling. Many of the pages also feature a question or instruction which will provoke additional conversation.
The illustrations are both calming and intensely detailed so there are lots of interesting things for your child to take in.
We read this one sitting in the garden yesterday afternoon whilst enjoying some lovely autumn sunshine and it was a great bonding experience. She used her senses to explore the garden in a way she hasn’t really done before, exploring individual flower petals, listening to the birds in the trees and sniffing freshly cut grass.
Buy it now: https://amzn.to/2Poe98Q