As an Academic Technology Specialist, I'm always exploring new methods to engage my students. I aim to provide them with the tools they need to discover and learn, without restricting them with excessive instruction. My shelves are FULL of materials I use to intrigue and nudge the curious minds in my classroom.
The following activities are games of mindful curiosity. With a little imagination added in, they can help turn your home into a treasure trove of small marvels. They are intended for parents with younger children, but adults will also find them satisfying and meditative. This post includes a link to a free printable.
According to Brené Brown, "empathy fuels connection." In turn, appreciating someone's perspective can fuel empathy. But sometimes our assumptions about someone else can limit our curiosity to see through their eyes. Creative games can break us out of this rut, reminding us to stay curious about how someone else sees the world.
To navigate our world in a practical manner, we can't stop to marvel at everything we see and hear. Yet we remain surrounded by a feast of smaller, subtler marvels in every moment. We have a choice to notice and appreciate these exquisite wonders in our everyday. This is mindfulness; to choose where we place our attention.