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Focusing and Calming Games for Children

Focusing and Calming Games for Children

Mindfulness Strategies and Activities to Help Children to Relax, Concentrate and Take Control

Deborah M. Plummer
Illustrated by Jane Serrurier

Paperback: £15.99 / $27.95

2012, 246mm x 173mm / 10in x 7in, 152pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-143-9, BIC 2: JNH JKSN

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'... a lot of the games and activities are not new but they are all the stronger for it. Play has always been central to childhood as encouraging social interaction and developing sensory awareness; we need to bang the gong for books such as this. Let's hope that our ears are still sufficiently attuned to be able to hear it.'
- Potential Unleashed & New Nurturing Potential

'Adults are encouraged to use the games mindfully, making sure they are aware of the possible effects exploring sensitive issues with vulnerable children. Ideas for reflection after each activity prompt children to make sense of the feelings generated by the game they have played. The games are simple to play and clearly explained, with symbols indicating the time required and the recommended age. The games range from five to 60 minutes' duration, and mostly require no extra resources, which make them an invaluable resource for any adult who works with children aged 5-12.'
- The Sign

'This slim volume, aimed at teachers, parents, counsellors and other professionals, contains theory and practical group games to encourage young people to achieve greater emotional wellbeing... suited to parents who want to increase qualities of mindfulness in their children in today's difficult world.'
- BACP Children & Young People

'Presented in a spirit of openness, that same spirit underlies what the author seeks to foster both in those who read the book and the children with whom they work and play. Every teacher should have a copy.'
- Red Reading Hub - Jillrbennett's Reviews of Children's Books and The Word Pool

'This is a hugely important book for our times, demonstrating the interplay between mindfulness, attention, wellbeing and compassion. Its balance of theory and wisdom with practical activities makes it essential reading for parents, educators and policy-makers.'
- Elizabeth Holmes, writer, journalist, professional development trainer and author of The Newly Qualified Teacher's Handbook

'Let's Play! This book provides an extensive repertoire of mindful games chosen to enhance focusing, calming, self-reflection and social interaction. It also offers a useful discussion regarding the benefits of playing games, and easy to follow suggestions for adapting games to enhance mindfulness, and social-emotional competency. It is a wonderful addition to any mindful library.'
- Dr Amy Saltzman, Director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education (AME) and founder of The Still Quiet Place

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