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Paint a Double Rainbow

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I loved this book and my son loved the activities! Reading this during the COVID 19 stay at home order was especially helpful since I was looking for mindfulness ideas for my kids and I saw a truly positive impact from these particular exercises.
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This book is a collection of activities for adults and children to complete that centre around mindfulness. There are many benefits of mindfulness, such as positive coping skills, developing kindness, positivity and positive mental health. The activities are simple, come with clear instructions that are easy to follow and can be easily adapted. As an educator, I would use these in my classroom. They are short enough and can be modified to use in conjunction with each other. The activities strengthen the relationship between adults and children, and children and other children. This is super easy to grab and complete! Highly recommend. Great resource.
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I spend a lot of my life doing mindfulness activities with children and adults. The 40 activities that Sally Arnold has selected to describe in this book are simple, well articulated and incredibly well organized. It shows that she is indeed an expert in this field.

The activities are meant to be done with a child aged 4-8 and a trusted adult, although some of the activities could be modified to use alone or in groups and in quiet classroom times in a mindfulness corner.

If you are wanting to start practicing mindfulness with a preschool through primary aged child, this is what you want as one of your resources.

The publisher made this book available via netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my honest review.
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I really like the idea of this book and I have similar adult books like it but unfortunately as I often find with mindfulness books some activities were a lot more engaging than others and children don't tend to be as patient or understanding about this. I think the higher age range might lose interest in this sadly for this reason.

Some really good ideas though and I do feel books like this are ever more important in today's society so its a great starting point and I think everyone would take something positive from it which is in itself very important
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I found this book to be very helpful! It was filled with great and simple ideas with very cute illustrations. Although my daughter is a little young for most of these activities I will definitely be using more and more as she gets older. its a great way to bond with your child while practicing very helpful and practical mindfulness techniques that will help her in her future.
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Paint a Double Rainbow by Sally Arnold.
4/5 stars.

This book contains 40 mindfulness activities for parents (any other significant adults) to use with their children (ages 4-8). There is a growing wealth of research evidence indicating that mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety and improve awareness of emotions and concentration. I felt that these activities would be simple to complete whilst not being overly time-consuming or requiring expense. I particularly liked the activities centred around kindness. 

This book could also be a useful resource for schools; many of the activities could be adapted to be introduced and practiced within the school environment. As a children’s mental health practitioner working for the NHS, I will be using these strategies within therapeutic sessions as well as recommending this book to both parents and teachers.
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This book was just ok to me. Its not that I didn't like the book but I did find it weak on presentation and didn't feel it was engaging enough for children. The ideas behind the entirety of the book and the individual ideas themselves were pretty good though. Which is why it earned three stars from me.
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This is a great book filled with mindfulness activities and relaxing things to do with children. There are various arts and crafts activities as well as road trip type activities. There are also breathing techniques to teach children. I feel like this is a great handbook to have in the classroom.
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Paint a Double Rainbow by Sally Arnold is a children's book that helps an adult teach the children about mindfulness, reducing anxiety and stress, emotions, calmness, focus and concentration. They are simple activities that can either be done together as an adult and child, two children together, or even alone. While reading through it, I also realized that you can adapt some of the exercises to work together with an emotions chart, a quiet corner, and other tools that teach children about the above-mentioned things. I have had conversations lately about teaching emotional maturity and empathy, and believe that this can be a great tool to help in that. I will definitely be buying this book once we have children at an age to do this.
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The activities within this book are designed to be done with parent (or any caring adult) and child however a lot of them could adapted without too much difficulty to be done independently. The language is accessible to children without speaking down to them so a lot of the activities could be done with two peers rather without requiring adult supervision.

Overall, a really great book providing an ample toolkit of ideas to help bring some calm into daily life.

On a more personal note, as a Girlguiding leader with Rainbows and Brownies (aged 5 - 10), I could definitely see myself adapting some of these activities to use with the girls and will definitely be sharing this book with other leaders as I just think it is fantastic.
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