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4-H clover Mindfulness Activities for 4-H Clubs

April 29, 2021

Mindfulness is a mental state of full awareness and full acceptance of the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can start out small and short. By intentionally practicing this in your 4-H activities, you are supporting the social emotional wellbeing of the youth in our programs.

So what does it look like?

In the 4-H Curriculum, Get Experience in Mindfulness, the authors share characteristics of a mindful sate.

They include:

  • Focused and Alert
  • Resilient and Confident
  • Relaxed and Engaged
  • Creative and Communicative
  • Compassionate and Graceful

How can we do this in 4-H?

Here are some simple activities and strategies to try:

  • Check out the Quick and Easy Mindfulness activities created my U of M Extension Center of Youth Development. 
  • As a part of roll call or other check in activities, consider using the Mood Meter. Ask youth to label 1 or 2 emotions they are experiencing at that time.
  • Before starting a 4-H Club meeting, practice taking intentional breaths. There are many resources on how to practice mindful breathing. I recommend checking out Coping Skills for Kids.  They also have craft ideas!

Try one with your next 4-H club meeting! Let us know how it goes!

 

 

Courtney Johnson

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Itasca County

218.256.4887

Joh06997@umn.edu

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