SPARKLERS / Mindfulness

Wellbeing Walkabout

Boost children’s awareness of the world around them.
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He aha ai? – Why we love it

Spending time in nature is beneficial to our wellbeing, and we can build mindfulness by taking notice of our surroundings and how they make us feel.

This activity is also is an opportunity to explore kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of special outdoor places. Doing so fosters connection with and responsibility for the world we live in. This extension – from admiring our natural environments to caring for them – can greatly deepen the wellbeing benefits of this activity.

Hei mahi - What to do

If needed, revisit our Favourite spaces Kōrero, to remind children of the connection between our emotions and spaces that make us feel good.

You may also like to work through the discussion from our Sense of the day activity, to help tamariki understand and tune-into their senses.

Then, to plan your (bubble friendly) wellbeing walkabout:

  • discuss children’s favourite spaces in their gardens or local neighbourhood and how they might introduce these spaces to others - drawing, writing, photographing or a video tour (they might do this live during zoom or Google Meets time)
  • choose how tamariki might share their favourite spaces - this might be across Seesaw, or real-live visits during zoom or Google Meet time
  • ask tamariki as part of this to create a map of where their favourite space is
  • plan your wellbeing walkabout, either as a class, across Seesaw sharing, or in smaller groups online

Regroup and discuss your findings. What were the best features of each other's favourite space? Why was these things great features?

What next?

If you're keen to spend more time outdoors, we love Department of Conservations Outdoor Classroom ideas - they are super!

Connect more to whenua with Fill My Whare Tapa Whā and Fill My Whare Tapa Whā... more!

For more mindfulness and connecting with 'senses' head to the Sparklers at home activity: Sense of the Day so that tamariki to begin to introduce this mahi to whānau.

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