Mindfulness activities that help you pay attention to the present, calm you down, and give you a peaceful moment go a long way towards promoting positive mental health. When I was teaching and the stresses and strains of the classroom all became a bit too much, I would go home in the evening, get out my mindful coloring book and my little pencil case, put on some music, and just…zen.
It was lovely! And it’s no surprise that when the stresses and strains of the classroom become a little too much for our tired students, some mindful coloring pages are just what they need to de-stress and de-strain and power on through to the end.
NEW Mindful Coloring Pages
You may have seen our amazing blog on Creating Classroom Calm with Printable Mindfulness Coloring Sheets. Well, we’ve added to our collection with 6 NEW mindful coloring pages – and they’re beautiful!
Take a look at the other NEW animal mindful coloring sheets!
- Crab Mindful Coloring Sheet
- Cockatoo Mindful Coloring Sheet
- Horse Mindful Coloring Sheet
- Pangolin Mindful Coloring Sheet
- Rhino Mindful Coloring Sheet
- Stegosaurus Mindful Coloring Sheet
Created by our incredibly talented designer, Boaz, these coloring pages feature intricate swirls, lines, and detail which will keep your students occupied for hours.
My personal favorite is the Rhino Mindful Coloring Sheet!
Building on the Mindful Coloring Pages
Mindful coloring pages don’t just have to be for coloring. Why not use them as an opportunity to teach your students about color, pattern, or shading?
The different sections in each picture give students a great opportunity to practice many different techniques.
Here are some ideas they can try:
- Color the animal varying shades of ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ colors.
- Use a different pattern technique, for example, dots or stripes, in each section.
- Practice shading by pressing firmly or softly to create a 3-D effect in different sections.
Why not use your class’s beautiful creations as a prompt for a writing task?
Imaginative writing, such as poetry or narrative, can be built around each of the unique animals on these pages. Use your students’ images as the main character and have them complete a simple storyboard template about their creature.
Make It a Whole Class Activity
If you really just want some mindful coloring that can bring your whole class together, make it a class mural!
We’ve printed this amazing Cockatoo Mindful Coloring Sheet on large paper for the whole office to have a turn!
Whether it’s a calm-down area, a fast-finishers activity, or even just a place a student can go when they feel like they need a moment of mindfulness, displaying a giant printout of one of these wonderful mindful coloring pages will lift your students up and bring some color to your classroom.