Review: Mindful Monsters

Mental Health is something of a sub-topic for us here and I like to think we place an emphasis on it wherever it’s relevant to the things we do. Although mental health and wellbeing is very present in the news and media, especially social media, it is all too often only when a person’s mental health has driven them to do something tragically newsworthy. When that happens, we urge each other to talk about mental health, especially with those that are keeping their own struggle hidden from their friends and families.

One thing that aims to preempt the issues that can lead to poor mental health is the concept of mindfulness. The idea that practising a bit of mental self-care is a good deterrent against the subtle slip into poor mental health. I think having a greater awareness of our own mental health and taking steps to look after ourselves is a great idea. It’s even better when considering the developing minds of our own children and safeguarding them against the potential depression and anxiety that can come with getting to grips with growing up and finding ones place. All homes can have stressful times and children are perhaps the most vulnerable and least vocal about how that stress affects them.

Mindful Monsters is a new service created by Scope, intended to introduce mindfulness to children and families in a fun and engaging way for young children. In return for a regular donation, subscribers to the service will regularly receive a set of colourful flashcards. Each pack contains cards detailing activities that can help young children to look after their own emotional wellbeing whilst having fun. The cards are grouped into differing types of mindful activity, each one including various activities that support it. The ones we saw included ‘Concentration‘, ‘Creativity‘ and ‘Relaxation‘.

We worked through the activities in our pack and it was refreshing to see how they engaged the imagination and got us talking. We went through ours with Claudia who had a great time doing the activities. Sometimes we would be doing something more physical to promote relaxation, then easily move to something that required her to have a think or get creative.

Although we only worked through a single pack, I can see the value that could potentially come from having a regular delivery of colourful, self-affirming flashcards to use. Obviously, as you build up more of the cards, you can become more flexible with the range and quantity of activities you choose to do.

Check out the video below of how we got on with our pack.

We had a great time with Mindful Monsters and I’d definitely recommend it to other parents, especially those that want to focus on their child’s mindfulness and mental health. As much as I think these could benefit all families, they could potentially be a great tool for parents with concerns about specific aspects of their child’s emotional wellbeing.

The monthly donation is currently £7.50 per month and of that money, for every £1 received, 70p goes towards supporting disabled people and their families.

If you’d like to know more about Mindful Monsters, check out their website at mindfulmonsters.co.uk

Disclaimer: This review was undertaken in return for the product. No financial agreements have been entered into. Our opinions remain our own.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Mindful Monsters

  • 6th August 2018 at 11:10 AM
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    Looks like a great idea!

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  • 7th August 2018 at 5:05 PM
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    What a brilliant idea!! Schools should subscribe to this and use the cards as part of PSHCE sessions. I loved the breathing one but how DOES a snake breathe?? Haha

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    • 8th August 2018 at 9:40 PM
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      Haha! I know, you can tell that one threw her a bit!

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  • 8th August 2018 at 10:19 AM
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    Love the idea of this. I think it is important to introduce mindfulness to children from a young age so they are more open to the concept as they grow and come into contact with more of lifes stresses.

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