“Every one of us already has the seed of mindfulness.  The practice is to cultivate it.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

The Growing My Garden: Keiki Self-Care Toolkits were created to support parents and caregivers in cultivating “seeds” of mental and emotional well-being in their children, their families, and themselves.  Each toolkit contains books, an activity guide, and take-home activities to support a healthy garden of the mind. 

There are four themed kits: Soil, Air, Water, and Sunshine. 

Soil provides a nourishing foundation for seeds to grow and keeps them grounded through its roots. ​Recognizing our own emotions builds the foundation for us to grow and manage them. ​Grounding techniques, mindfulness, and meditation can help us connect with our emotions, and balance our emotional response.

Air provides clean, clear space for seeds to grow. ​Sometimes we may be overwhelmed with too many thoughts and feelings. ​Breathing techniques can help us calm and focus our minds, creating space for healthier thoughts and feelings to thrive.

Water nourishes and refreshes seeds/seedlings to help them grow.​ We need activities that nourish and refresh our minds and bodies.​ Fulfilling activities are different for everyone: rest, exercise, play, reading, crafting, or any activity that replenishes your spirit. ​

Sunshine provides warmth and energy to help seeds grow. It is important to give ourselves the same warmth we share with others through kindness and gratitude. ​Treating ourselves with kind words and affirmations encourages positive thinking habits to grow.

Visit Wailuku Public Library or the Holoholo Bookmobile on Maui to borrow a toolkit.  A free toolbox will be given away upon checkout of a toolkit (while supplies last).  Decorate and then fill the toolbox with your take-home activity cards, crafts, and keepsakes as reminders of how to self-soothe, practice mindfulness, and cultivate self-awareness and self-love.  

Recommended for ages 4 and up.  Made possible by grants from mfol.org and the Network of the National Library of Medicine.  Created in collaboration with mentalhealthhawaii.org, which provides free mental health tests online at: screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools  

To view all the kit contents and book lists, go to librarieshawaii.org/growing-my-garden-keiki-self-care-toolkit/