This is a game about noticing. It can be played inside or out and is especially useful when we are feeling anxious or stressed out. This game helps us ground into our space, and notice the things around us. Follow these easy steps to play! 1. Find a place to stand or sit, as the game continues, try your best to stay in one spot. 2. As you go along with each sense, pause to describe what you are sensing. There are additional questions asked here to help you describe. 3. What are 5 things you see? Describe using colors, textures, or anything else you notice. 4. What are 4 things you can touch or have texture? Touch them, what do they feel like? (rough, soft, smooth, silky, etc.) 5. What are 3 things you can smell? Where do the smells come from? Close your eyes to enhance your smelling powers! 6. What are 2 things you can hear? Are they nearby or far away? Loud or quiet? 7. What is the taste in your mouth right now? Sit with this taste, is your tongue dry, or bitter? (this may be an indicator to drink some water) You can close your eyes and move your tongue around inside your mouth. Is there anything there you didn't notice before? 8. We want to know what you sensed! Click on the picture to look at an example of how to fill out the sense bubbles. When you have identified all of the things, click to start your Mindful Journal. 9. On the first-page use the , , or tools to tell us what you sensed! 10. Click over to the next page and complete your Mindful Journal. When ready click the to submit your work!
Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain and is important for development in young children. It’s also a great way to soothe anxious or frustrated emotions when they arise by focusing attention and encouraging mindfulness.