5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Activity
Contributed by The Family Dinner Project Team
This 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 activity is a great way to introduce calm and relaxation at the family dinner table, or anytime! It can be a nice starting activity to settle everyone at mealtimes. It’s also useful if family members become tense or anxious during the meal. Give it a try next time you want more calm and focus at the dinner table!
Here’s how to play. Each family member takes turns naming:
- 5 things they can see
- 4 things they can touch
- 3 things they can hear
- 2 things they can smell
- 1 thing they can taste OR 1 thing they’d like to eat right now
For an extra boost of calm, try encouraging family members to take one slow, deep breath before sharing; speaking in a whisper; or sitting as still as possible while they share.