As students get older, it is easier for them to understand mindfulness. While they are more likely to understand mindfulness, intermediate students may be more reluctant to participate in it. For this reason, I recommend demonstrating a variety of mindfulness activities so that each student can find what works for them. I think that a good activity to start with is Mindfulness and the art of chocolate eating (the chocolate can be replaced with raisins if you wish to use a healthier option.) While students enjoy a treat, they begin to learn and practice the foundations of mindfulness. This website offers several other activities for children at this age. It is important to choose activities that give students something to focus on. Whether you use chocolate eating, breathing buddies, or any other activity that you find, it will serve as an anchor. Students focus on their anchor so that their minds wander less frequently. Keep in mind that mindfulness takes practice. It isn’t reasonable to expect your students to be able to stay focused on the activities for more than a minute at first. With guidance and practice, they will be able to keep their thoughts in the moment for longer periods of time and quickly bring them back when they begin to wander.
“Mindfulness and the Art of Chocolate Eating.” Meditation in Schools , MindSpace , http://www.meditationinschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Mindfulness-and-the-Art-of-Chocolate-Eating.pdf.
Roman, Kaia. “7 Fun Ways To Teach Your Kids Mindfulness.” Mindbodygreen, 2 Apr. 2015, http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18136/7-fun-ways-to-teach-your-kids-mindfulness.html.