“Dinosaurs” 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)

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 

Song: Karma Kids Yoga’s “Yoga Clock (Tick Tock)
We used our yoga clocks to warm up and to go back in time to when the dinosaurs lived.

Dinosaurs wake up and stretch.
Begin in balasana/child’s pose (inside the egg). Who wants to come out? What do you think we’ll see outside the egg?
Stretch up tall (still on knees) to crack open our egg.
Stretch side to side to wake up muscles. parighasana/ gate pose on both sides
Cat/cow to stretch spine and hips
Stretch out neck. Start in table. Lift one arm as the dinosaur neck. Sway it from side to side. Switch arms. Then try the dinosaur tail. Lift one leg. Lower it, and try the other. For extra fun, try lifting opposite arms and legs (right arm and left leg, then left arm and right leg). Remember, baby dinos fell all the time, so it’s ok if you topple!

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 – Dinosaurs! by Peter Sis

Dinosaur partner puzzle. I printed out 11×17 pictures of dinosaurs and then cut each picture in half, puzzle-style. The kids had to find their other puzzle half, and then we all did the poses. You have to be a member to see the post, but I wanted to credit Yoga in my School for both the dino poses and the puzzle idea.
Velociraptor – lion’s breath/ simhasana
Dinosaur eggs – balasana/child’s pose
Pterodactyl –warrior III/virabhadrasana III
Brachiosaurus – Standing Splits/ Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana
Ankylosaurus – Three-legged dog/ tri pada adho mukha svanasana
Triceratops – Horse stance with arms together overhead for horns
Woolly Mammoth – horse stance with eagle/garudasana arms for trunk
dinosaur puzzle

Song: Laurie Berkner “We are the Dinosaurs

Breathing ball

This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were back in the jungles where the dinosaurs lived. We could feel the sun. We could see, smell, and taste the enormous plants. We could hear the other dinosaurs all around us. We felt strong and powerful. (60 second meditation).

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

Craft: Painting our dinosaur feet.  I used cereal boxes instead of foam (less expensive, but the foam would probably work better). What color were dinosaurs? Nobody knows! Make the feet any color you want!


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