Morning Ideas to Get Kids Thinking

by Kristen Berry

Children need time to wake up and get rolling at their own pace, but you can inspire their brains to start functioning with a few creative ideas. At the Foundation for Critical Thinking, experts advocate educational and social reform based on critical thinking through practical alternatives. When you can get your children to start the day with a topic or activity that naturally launches their minds, you've started a productive day with little effort.

Food for Thought

Allow extra time for a special breakfast.

Many children wake up hungry, so you can use breakfast as a means to get them thinking. Prepare a themed breakfast inspired by the cuisine and customs from another country. Have your child think about how his morning breakfast rituals compare with those of a child living in another country. Ask him to consider the different aspects of another country's expected table manners, flavors and ambiance of a typical breakfast routine.

To See the Future

Teach your children that the best way to see the future is to create it. Hand them a small note card or piece of paper and let them think about, and write down, three positive goals such as smiling at a friend, doing a favor for a teacher or helping someone clean up after a messy project. Let your kids carry the list in their pocket as reminder to reach these simple goals that help others. It will give your children a sense of pride and confidence.


Meditate with your child to help him stay focused.

Morning meditation starts the day off with thoughtful reflection on attitude and demeanor for the hours ahead. Kids can find inner peace and appreciation for the simple joys in life such as the privilege of good health, a place to live and food to eat. Have your kids take 10 minutes of quiet time after eating breakfast and before rushing toward the day’s demands. Focusing on nature is an excellent way to meditate on the natural gifts of earth’s landscape.

Sensing a Scent

Let your child choose a weekly scent.

Give your children an opportunity to stimulate their thoughts and senses with aromatherapy. Essential oils such as sandalwood, eucalyptus or patchouli awaken the senses and evoke thoughts associated with the outdoors. Children can use aromatherapy to infuse their thoughts with ideas that inspire anything from energy and good humor to a soulful sense of peace that calms stress and anxiety.

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Kristen Noelle has been writing since 2007. Her work has appeared in AOL News, "Mothering Magazine," "Maui News," "Christian Science Monitor," "Forsyth County News" and the "Forsyth Herald." Noelle studies comparative literature at the University of Georgia.

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