It’s that time of year again! We're sharing some of our very favorite gift ideas and this year, we're thinking outside of the box when it comes to gift-giving! Our 2021 list includes presents that can be unwrapped as well as gifts of knowledge, connection, awareness, and experience. From our Well-Bean family to yours, wishing you a joyful and healthy season of celebration.
LITTLE YOGI DECK
This is hands down our favorite yoga & mindfulness card deck! 48 cards that are beautifully organized into eight color-coded categories—anger, worry, excitement, sadness, joy, jealousy, shame, and peace—to give kids specific practices for the variety of emotions they might be experiencing on or off the mat. Vibrantly illustrated, this card deck offers support and guidance for the child, parent, educator and caregivers.
WILDER CHILD KIDS MOON CLUB
This year-long journey is an invitation to strengthen your family’s bond with nature and create new traditions that will help you slow down, connect and sync up with the rhythm of the moon. Beautiful activities meant to bring families and communities together to celebrate through rituals all centered around the moon. The Kids Moon Club is filled with resources and activities for children ages 4-10 and families. You can only join this unique experience once a year, doors close on December 31, 2022.
Click here to hear from creator, Nicollette Sowder
CHANGE SINGS - A CHILDREN’S ANTHEM
In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves.
SIMPLE MODERN - REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Most children and teenagers don’t drink enough water; even mild dehydration can affect fatigue levels, mood and their ability to learn. We know that hydration is key to their health and wellness and so we’re turning to Simple Modern’s reusable water bottles to help! We appreciate this company's commitment to donating a minimum of 10 percent of their profits each year to helping others. In addition, they work to ensure their manufacturing process is as sustainable as possible. Stay hydrated and give back!
BEN BROWN - SOUND HEALING
We love this resource for teens - it’s an opportunity to engage in moments of rest and relaxation with sound practitioner and visual artist Ben Brown. Singing bowls, drumming and more, Ben combines his music making with mindful moments in nature providing the viewer with the healing power of rest, sound and connection to nature. Visit Ben’s Instagram page for mindful breaks to help settle and soothe the mind and body.
LITTLE SCAVENGERS OUTSIDE JOURNAL
Foster a lifelong connection with nature in your child with the Little Scavengers Outdoor Journal from Little Renegades. The journal includes thoughtful prompts and suggestions to encourage awareness, observations, and imagination in children as they explore the great outdoors.
Play is the work of the child, yet far too many kids lack adequate places to play due to the ongoing effects of systemic racism. These inequities have left communities of color with less access to playspaces than their white counterparts, limiting their ability to fully experience the physical, social, and emotional health benefits of play. KABOOM! acknowledges this injustice, so they’ve created playspaces, in partnership with communities, to further long-term progress towards community-driven goals — goals that improve the lives of kids. We recognize the many ways that awareness, compassion and giving contributes to universal well-being. Explore how your family might give back this year and consider contributing to KABOOM! We encourage you to start with conversation and explore together, what is playspace inequity? How can we help with creating spaces for all children to play and thrive?
JUST FEEL; HOW TO BE STRONGER, HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, AND MORE
This is one of the very few books on social and emotional health that speaks directly to kids. Designed specifically with kids ages 8-12 in mind, the book clearly addresses important topics such as flexibility, responsibility, communication, creativity, and self-knowledge. Written by the respected writer and wellness expert Mallika Chopra, Just Feel effectively teaches kids how they can balance their emotions and make positive choices for themselves. Hear from creator, Mallika Chopra
1000 HOURS OUTSIDE
The concept at the core of this movement is simple - the amount of time kids spend outside ‘actually matters’, though you may not hear this very often. A childhood flooded with nature time benefits kids (and adults) in untold ways. However, the spirit behind the journey is one of encouragement - not competition. 1000 Hours Outside is about striving for engaged time outside, and that looks different from one family to the next. Download one of their free and engaging tracker sheets and start your family’s commitment to spending more time in nature!
I FEEL WELL-BEAN POSTER
A feeling chart is a widely-used tool for building emotional awareness in children. While many feeling charts provide images of faces expressing emotion to help children identify and put a name to what they’re feeling, we intentionally created an “I feel” visual with characters that include the whole body. In this mindful work of teaching children skills for well-being, we recognize that effective emotional regulation includes the skill of paying attention to physiological cues. Because our bodies were designed to communicate, the I Feel poster encourages children to be curious about the important ways our bodies communicate emotions to us every day!
Author Jen Rapanos, LMSW, RCYT child and adolescent psychotherapist and creator of Well-Bean.