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“Zoo 2” 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

Sun Salutations
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I used these sun salutations from Yoga Games for Children as posted by Breathe. Flow. Grow. Yoga. 

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 – Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Tiger – cat/cow
Mouse – child’s pose/balasana
Fox – table with one leg stretched out behind like a fox tail. Switch legs to do both sides.
Ox – Goddess/utkata konasana
Monkey – Jump around like a monkey.
Deer – warrior I/virabhadrasana I
Lion – lion’s breath
Goat – Downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana kicking legs into the air like a goat
Snake – cobra/bhujangasana

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “Jogging through the Jungle

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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“Dear Zoo” yoga storytime

dear zoo

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: Kira Willey’s “The Shimmy


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 – Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
elephant – prasarita padottonasana with arms extended like elephant’s trunk. Make an elephant trumpet noise as you float forward.
giraffe – upward salute/urdhva hastasana
lion – lion’s breath
camel – ustrasana/camel pose
snake – cobra pose/bhujangasana
monkey – dance around like a monkey
frog – malasana/yoga squat and jump around
puppy – puppy pose into adho mukha svanasana/ downward facing dog. Wag your tail.

Song: “Dancing Bear” – Bari Koral Family Band

Hoberman Sphere breathing ball

Savasana This was a guided savasana. We thought about our favorite animals at the zoo and how some were fast and some took their time, how some were strong, and how some were soft, and how some were smart, and how we have all those qualities in ourselves too.

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

Lion’s breath mask. I used streamers instead of construction paper for the mane, and I added a craft stick at the bottom for the kids to hold. Check out https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fyogibrarian%2Fvideos%2F1017036694999888%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>this video!

Namaste!

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“Zoo” toddler storytime

zoo toddler

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Hello, Hands. Good-bye, Hands.
Hello, hands. (Wave hands in front of face.)
Good-bye, hands. (Hide hands behind back.)
Hello, hands. Good-bye, hands.
My hands were feeling shy today. (Keep hands hidden.)
But now they’re feeling better! (Bring hands out, wave frantically, and smile HUGE.)
Repeat with feet, face, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

 Animals at the Zoo
(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar,
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
All day long!
The snakes at the zoo go hiss, hiss, hiss,
The hyenas at the zoo go ha, ha, ha,

The monkeys at the zoo go oooh, oooh, oooh
Source: Adapted traditional

The Elephant
The elephant has a great big trunk (pretend an arm is the trunk)
That goes swinging, swinging so.
(swing trunk)
He has tiny, tiny eyes
That show him where to go. (point to eyes)
His huge, long ears go flapping up & down, (pretend hands are ears)
His great feet go stomping, stomping on the ground. (stomp around)
Source: King County Library System

 Monkeys at the Zoo
(action song; tune = “Farmer in the Dell”)
The monkeys at the zoo,
The monkeys at the zoo,
Hi-ho they laugh and play,
The monkeys at the zoo
The monkeys run & hide,
The monkeys run & hide,
They like to play & run away,
The monkeys at the zoo.
The monkeys love to swing,
The monkeys love to swing,
They love to sing as they swing,
The monkeys at the zoo!
Source: King County Library System

Book – Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. 

Scarf Play
Peek a boo
Scarf Toss – 1,2,3, wee! 1,2,3, wee!


Scarf Dance
(Tune: Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush)
Wave the scarf above your head,
Above your head, above your head.
Wave the scarf above your head,
Then drop it on the ground.

Stretch your arms up to the sky,
to the sky, to the sky.
Stretch your arms up to the sky,
Now make a clapping sound.

Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Then twirl and dance around!
Source: King County Library System

To the tune “The Farmer in the Dell”,
My scarf goes up.
My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes round and round and round And round and round and round.
My scarf goes in.
My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about.
Source: Oakland Schools


Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

Rainbows in my Bubbles
(Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early literacy tip:Book-reading times should be like a game of give-and-take. First, you do something (turn the page, for example). Then your child does something (smiles and gets excited). Keep the game going by saying, “The baby is looking at you!” The more your child looks, touches, and enjoys the book-sharing activity, the better.
Source: Early Literacy Learning

 

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