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5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation Activity Task Cards for Kids

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 9 pages | Grades: K - 6

Bring 5-minute mindfulness meditation into the classroom and your social and emotional learning with these 17 printable activity cards for kids.

5-Minute Mindfulness Meditation for Students

Bring the power of 5-minute mindfulness meditation into your classroom with simple mindfulness activities for kids. This set of activity task cards was created to provide bite-sized chunks of mindfulness that students can do during the school day, taking just 5 minutes to find focus and calm.

A 5-minute mindfulness meditation may be short, but that is what makes it perfect for kids who may be new to meditation, or for use in the classroom where you’re short on time. This shortened period provides a simple and easy way to incorporate the practice into your daily classroom routine while providing a short and simple practice for your students to become more present and aware of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.

5 minutes of mindfullness meditation cards

Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation that encourages people to focus their attention on the present moment without judgment. By taking just five minutes to sit quietly and focus on their breath, students can bring their attention to the present moment and become more aware of their thoughts and feelings. This awareness can help them to become more calm and centered, and it can also help kids to reduce stress, manage student anxiety, and refocus students away from negative emotions.

A 5-minute mindfulness meditation is a great way to start or end the school day, as it can help you to clear your mind and set intentions for the day, or reflect on the day’s events and let go of any stress before the final bell.

Using 5-Minute Mindfulness Meditation in the Classroom

This printable teaching resource contains everything you need to lead students in 5 minutes of mindfulness meditation each school day, or for students to do this as a self-guided activity. The collection of task cards contains 17 different mindfulness exercises for you to use in the classroom, so you can choose a different activity each day of the week or even the month.

Included in this collection, you’ll find guidance for:

  • Mindful Breathing
  • Pinwheel Breathing (Print a mindfulness pinwheel activity to pair with this meditation!)
  • Belly Buddies
  • Shark Fin
  • Breathing Colors
  • Breath Star
  • Back-to-Back Breathing
  • Body Scan
  • Mindful Eats
  • Mindful Steps
  • Mindful Sounds
  • Super Senses
  • A Moment of Gratitude
  • Sensory Bottle
  • Mindful Explorers
  • Sense Countdown
  • Heartbeat

Want to track how students are doing? Download our teacher-created Daily Mindfulness Activity Trackers which are available as 9-week, 10-week, and 11-week charts!


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  • Maureen Cicchinelli

    I had no trouble downloading when I scrolled to the bottom of the text and chose color. Try that!

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Thanks for the tip, Maureen!

  • Orlaith Ruiséal

    I love your mindfulness-activity-cards- - I wonder what's the story with copyright? I'd love to translate these to Irish and work with a local artist on them? Would that be possible to use the text?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Orlaith, Please contact us at [email protected] and we'll go from there. We're glad to hear you love the resource!

  • Ravyn Reid

    I cant download either :( it says "This site can’t be reached" When clicking the download button

    • Kristian

      Hi Ravyn, I'm not sure what the issue is here. We have no problem on our end. Can I get you to make sure you are logged in and to try the download link again? Please let me know if you have any further difficulties.

  • Christiana Farabee

    I was inspired by some of the resources and just joined. I was trying to download the 17 Mindfulness Activity Task Cards but I don't seem to be able to. Can someone help me?