“Dr. Seuss” Yoga Storytime

Dr_Seuss_Green_Eggs_and_Ham

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)

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 

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. For this storytime, instead of butterflies, we said, “Red fish up. Blue fish down.”

Taste Test Experiment with Pre-judging
We did this experiment before we read the book. I cracked up when one child, after trying the blue drink, yelled out, “Miss Andrea fed us dirty water!”

Open 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 – Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
I pretty much followed this outline from Omazing Kids, with a few changes. 

Flip the Pose Activity from EVOkids at Evolution Yoga
I also used these poses from Omazing Kids as the flip side to my green eggs.

Song: Kidding Around Yoga- “Head Shoulders Yoga Pose

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We pretended we were in the world of Dr. Seuss with orange and purple truffala trees, cats in hats, and elephants sitting on eggs. We saw the mountain and how beautiful it was in all its unusual and beautiful colors. We climbed to the top and looked down from above and saw all of our friends, families, and pets . We thought of the things on earth that made us the most happy and calm and tried to hold on to that feeling.

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

Dr. Seuss Doodle Pages

 

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