Teaching your kids how to meditate or practice mindfulness can set them up for a lifetime of increased self-awareness and proactivity about their mental health. Zenimal is a screen-free meditation device that gives kids access to developing mindfulness, and it's something the whole family can do together.
Zenimal Kids+ is shaped like a turtle — a zen animal — and loaded with nine guided meditations. The portable device is small enough to be used at home, in school, in the car, or anywhere on the go. Designed for kids ages 5 and up, each of the audio meditations highlights specific strategies for a variety of situations and needs, including sleep, stillness, empathy, creativity, and breath.
It's a brilliant bedtime tool, as it helps kids wind down and it gives them something to look forward to in bed other than their regular routine. And once it becomes part of their bedtime routine, they'll want to stick with it because of how it makes them feel — or at least that' the goal. If plugged in, Zenimal Kids+ also plays three sleep sound tracks continuously for a peaceful night's sleep.
Whether your child uses it at bedtime, when they're feeling anxiety or stress, or if they just need to take a few moments to themselves to recenter, Zenimal is truly grounding — and not just for kids. While the meditations are geared towards 5- to 12-year-olds, older siblings and grown ups can also benefit from the stillness.
Zenimal is available here for $69. In addition to Zenimal Kids+, you can also purchase a version for teens and adults.