Teaching kids to have a growth mindset can be tricky. After all just telling kids to have a growth mindset usually doesn’t work. Instead, teach them that the brain is a muscle that can get stronger and change with challenging tasks. Emphasize the importance of hard work and problem-solving.
Games are a great way to teach tricky concepts to kids. Growth Mindset, Fixed Mindset adds yoga and a mindset twist on a classic game, Red Light, Green Light. Before you begin the game, provide an explanation of a fixed and growth mindset. A fixed mindset avoids challenges and assumes that abilities are fixed, frozen or unchanging. A growth mindset enjoys a challenge and sees failures as a way to learn and grow.
How to Play the Growth Mindset Game
Growth Mindset, Fixed Mindset is best played with four or more players, ages six and older. The leader stands at the front of the room. When she says, “Growth Mindset” players slowly move and grow toward the leader. When she says, “Fixed Mindset” players freeze in place in a yoga pose. The yoga pose can be predetermined by the leader or freestyle where players choose their own. The player who makes it to the leader first is the winner.
What are the Benefits?
Growth Mindset, Fixed Mindset builds executive function through play. Executive function plays a fundamental role in emotion regulation and impulse control. It helps kids reflect before they react. The growth mindset game also provides yoga pose review and enhances focus.
In summary, games are a great way to build self-regulation skills. For more movement ideas to support your child’s social and emotional development sign up for an aerial yoga class or our Mindful Child Teacher Training.