“If I were a Kangaroo” bedtime yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

The Moon Shines
The moon (bring arms over head) is shining all around.
It shines on land (standing side bend) and sea (standing side bend other side).
It shines on cars (dandasana/staff pose, pretend to drive car).
It shines on boats (navasana/ boat pose.) 
It shines on you and me. (hands at heart)

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Rockabye Baby by Jane Cabrera
kangaroo– Chair/utkatasana
whale – Shalabasana/locust
chicken – malasana
squirrel – tree/vrksasana  
giraffe –  extended mountain/urdhva hastasana
bat – wide leg forward bend/prasarita padottonasana
otter – navasana/ boat pose
spider – crab walk
gorilla – gorilla pose

Animals Yawning
butterfly – baddha konasana
owl –  seated twists, saying “hoo” like an owl on each side
cat/cow 
puppy – anahatasana

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“When Worry Takes Hold” yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – When Worry Takes Hold by Liz Haske
Worry grew bigger and bigger – tiptoe pose to extended mountain
To the playground, “Will you stay with me? What if I fall and get hurt?” – reverse plank, like a slide
In the car, “what if we get lost?” – staff/dandasana like driving a car and forward fold/paschimottonasana like the rain coming down
Maya realized if she put her hands on her belly and focused on her breath, she could be brave.  – balloon breath
“I’ll be safe. I’ll be ok.” – malasana jumping to 5 pointed star
With each brave step – march in place on mats, affirming “I am brave.”
Although worry lost its hold – vrksasana/tree pose both sides

Song: “Happiness Runs” – Bari Koral

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana
Song: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“The Boy and the Blue Moon” bedtime yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

The Moon Shines
The moon (bring arms over head) is shining all around.
It shines on land (standing side bend) and sea (standing side bend other side).
It shines on cars (dandasana/staff pose, pretend to drive car).
It shines on boats (navasana/ boat pose.) 
It shines on you and me. (hands at heart)

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Rockabye Baby by Jane Cabrera
Inside the house the light was warm – house– extended mountain/urdhva hastasana
bluebells – flower pose
trees of the forest – tree/vrksasana
boy across bridge – bridge/setu bandha sarvangasana
lake – paschimottonasana/ seated forward fold, to see what you see in the water
boat – (navasana/ boat pose), row the boat
bathed in a wash of light – warrior III/virabhadrasana III
ran and jumped and tumbled and flew – happy baby/ananda balasana
*I paperclipped together and skipped the rest of the pages.

Animals Yawning
butterfly – baddha konasana
owl –  seated twists, saying “hoo” like an owl on each side
cat/cow 
puppy – anahatasana

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Splish Splash Ducky” yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins
duck – malasana and flap arms
rain – uttanasana/forward fold
frog – frog hops with happy “ribbits”
worm – locust pose/shalabasana
bug – dead bug pose, wiggle arms like a bug on back
swan – cobra/bhujangasana with feet to back of head (Don’t worry – my feet don’t touch my head either!)
fish – matsyasana
bird – warrior III/ virabhadrasana III 
funny on tummy – happy baby/ananda balasana
mouse – child’s pose/balasana
butterfly – baddha konasana/bound angle

Song: “The Sun Dance” – Bari Koral

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana
Song: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Kites and Wind” little ones event

This month we focused on kites and wind at our little ones event. We host this event at the library on the second Tuesday of the month and the following Saturday. We also hosted it on that Thursday at an outreach event.

We made windsocks like this post from 123 Homeschool 4 Me. 

They really liked running around the room with them.

We threaded beads onto pipe cleaner kite strings like this post from the Preschool Tool Box Blog. 

We drew the wind in a modified version of this post from Kids Steam Lab.

We blew pompoms through a block obstacle course like this post from Fun Littles.

We tested what the wind will blow like this post from Little Giraffes.

Most of the kids had fun, but some thought the event was a snooze. 😉

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“The World Shines for You” yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Song: “The Sun Dance” – Bari Koral

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – The World Shines for You by Jeffrey Burton and Don Clark
Tree – vrksasana
Forest of trees – group tree pose
Leaves – seated twists, like blowing leaves around
Clouds – sukhasana/easy seated pose/crisscross applesauce with belly breaths
sky – warrior III/ virabhadrasana III
snowflakes – uttanasana/forward fold
seed in ground – child’s pose/balasana
flowers – flower pose
lights in the city- extended mountain/urdhva hastasana
lights in the country – warrior I/virbhadrasana I like the llama in the picture
stars – 5-pointed star
world shines for you – hand to heart

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “This Little Light

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Bringing in the New Year” Story Explorers book club

We talked about how we celebrate NYE in the states, staying up until midnight, watching a ball drop. We talked about New Year’s Eve is celebrated on December 31/Jan 1st here. I told them that in China and other Asian countries they celebrate New Year’s differently.

Read Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin.

We practiced fine motor skills using kid-friendly chopsticks to sort pompom balls like this post from Living Montessori Now.

We talked about symmetry and made dragons like this post from Not So SAHM.

We made Fu signs (good luck) like this post from To the Lesson.

Gong xi ni!

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“Forests” little ones event

For February, we went to the forest. We did this event at the library on a Tuesday morning and a Saturday morning and at an outreach event on a Thursday morning.

We purchased these river stones from a generous grant from the CO State Library. I asked the kids to make a bridge to get across the river.
 

We made tree bark rubbings.

We wrapped yarn around pine cones like this post from Rainy Day Mum.

We made toothpick porcupines like this post from First Grade Wow.

I love that this girl’s porcupine was Picasso-inspired.

 

We made edible bear dens like this post from Pre-K Pages.
 

This boy put an addition on to his bear den.

A talented coworker cut out sponges to make stamps for kids to make animal prints like this post from Green Kid Crafts.

 

A library employee before my time made this animal print matching game.
 

 

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“The Day It Rained Hearts” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond.

We talked about how personalized Cornelia Augusta made all of her Valentines.

We traced our arms and used heart cookies cutters for leaves to make Trees of Love. The link to the blog where I got this is broken so I just used the picture on pinterest as a template.

 

I love how this boy colored grass at the bottom of his tree.

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This boy’s mom helped him write his name.

This girl loved the marker on her hand from her mother tracing it.

We made lovebugs like this post from Buggy and Buddy.

Then I set out supplies and gave the kids free reign to make whatever type of Valentine they would like. I love how much the parents loved this one too.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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“Stack the Cats” Story Explorers preschool book club

I love the illustrations in this book!

Read Stack the Cats by Susie Gharemani.

We stacked with blocks. 

We stacked monkeys and other animals.

This boy stacked and organized the monkeys into piles based on shape, not just color.

I really wanted to actually stack the cats, but these blocks were very expensive. I had a volunteer cut out paper cats so the kids could “stack” them on paper.

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