Tall Trees Grow Deep is devoted to growing awesome humans. Explore our growing database of free, universal, printable, and reproducible activities, great for the classroom or the kitchen table, the retreat center or the hospital. Don’t forget to check out our contemplation video, One Year Left to Live, our Kid Yoga! section, and our growing bank of meditation audio guides.
- New Activity: Two Questions That Will Change Your Life. This organizer helps teens (and adults) sort their problems into two clear categories. Things that are in our control and things that are not.
- My Mission, My Passion Contemplation by Tall Trees Grow Deep: What is the fire of your life? How can this guide your career aspirations? Great activity of high school students who are trying to hone in on future plans.
- Gratitude Experiment by Tall Trees Grow Deep: 21 days of gratitude could change your life! This is a long-term activity that is great for home or school.
- Who Am I Contemplation by Tall Trees Grow Deep: What makes you you? Take a moment to think about who you really are. Kids often mistake their hair style and their social status as the essence of themselves. It’s good for them to see beyond this.
- Strengths Weaknesses Contemplation by Tall Trees Grow Deep: Are your weaknesses also your strengths? Kids need to see that some of their weaknesses (high energy, stubbornness) may someday be their greatest strengths.
- My Last Year Reflection by Tall Trees Grow Deep: What if you only had one year left to live?
- Why Suffer by Tall Trees Grow Deep: What are the uses of suffering? Take a few moments to think about how your own suffering has benefited you. It’s valuable for young people to understand, early on, the uses of suffering in their lives.
- Draw the Sound Contemplation Activity: This simple art/music activity can help kids think in a new way while also calming their over-active mind and being creative. It’s what I like to call a trick meditation. Great for kids with high anxiety.
- The Pursuit of Happiness: What makes you happy? Are the things that have made you happy in the past the same things you’re looking for in the future?
- *New! What We Don’t Know: A classroom or kitchen table activity that encourages us to think about all the mysteries of life we still don’t know. It’s okay to be honest with kids about what we don’t know. Read my post on the topic: Being Honest About What We Don’t Know.
- The Wheel of Suffering Contemplation
- Mind, Body, Breath Control Activity
- Through the Eyes of Another Empathy Contemplation
- My Two Faces Contemplation
- Like the Back of My Hand Contemplation
- The Tree and the Toilet Bowl
- The Funeral Contemplation Activity
- The Weather and the Deep Contemplation Activity
- The Uncarved Block Contemplation Activity
- Personal Logo Contemplation Activity
- Be A Tree Contemplation
Or you can buy the whole book of thirty activities for a few bucks and support the work of Tall Trees Grow Deep. We also are selling urban mystic Dead Zen’s new book for teens, Get Living or Die Trying. Check it out.