Train Your Mind Like a Ninja is a card deck with 30 Secret Skills for Fun, Focus, and Resilience. Using ninja training and martial arts as a fun framework, these 30 cards help kids ages 5–9 increase their focus, compassion, emotional balance, and awareness. This card deck is perfect for kids interested in ninjas and martial arts, and for parents interested in developing mindfulness and compassion in kids. The authors are Mitch Abblett and Chris Willard, both psychologists, and T. Koei Kuwahara Sensei, an expert in martial arts.
“These 30 cards support mind-body training, they are a tool to increase one’s concentration, awareness, body control, problem solving, creativity and confidence skills. All the positive skills and values a of a ninja (peaceful and mindful). The cards can be used daily as a ritual, such as every morning or evening. They start simple, “breath control”, “animal mind” (using all your senses), “natural time” (watching nature) and more. The whole practice is mindfulness- to help one become a better, more focused person.”
“I really like these mindful practices for children. The cards are well made and the actions are clearly written. I like that they are in order of difficulty, starting with breathing and moving on to emotional focus. I think younger children will need to go through these with their parents a few times to understand it, but it would be a great family activity.”
“I think they would be great for family that is helping their children become more mindful.”
“I use these in my classroom and the kids love them and look forward to doing the practices.”