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Video Clips of Green Eggs & Ham Yoga @ Educare OKC – OMazing Kids Yoga – 3/7/12

Just finished uploading 14 video clips of OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers “Green Eggs & Ham” yoga at Oklahoma City Educare last week. So much fun!

Here’s the link to the playlist of videos on the OMazing Kids Yoga YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCAE36593ED7AEC56

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

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OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers at Educare in the News

Woo Hoo!  In the newspaper again today. Great pics & even a short video clip from the OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers class I did with the 3-4 year olds at Educare yesterday. We had a blast doing “Green Eggs & Ham” yoga 🙂

Here is the link to the online article in The Oklahoman: http://newsok.com/article/3655470 & the print article: http://newsok.com/article/3655663.

Here are pics from the online article with additional info:

Melissa Valdez, (left) and Adilene Soto make a “house” as Leo Alvarez poses as a “mouse” in the “Would you eat them in a house? Would you eat them with a mouse?” pose…… this was definitely a fave with the kids!

Adilene Soto enjoyed doing yoga!

Doing a fun “Would you eat them in a tree?” group pose 🙂

Aaron Secondino and Melissa Valdez doing “washing machine” pose after the bumpy “Would you eat them in a car?” pose

Leline Castaneda does “mouse” pose.

Brayden Swain and Kingston Mosby doing “Would you eat them with a fox?” pose.

http://www.newsok.com/multimedia/video/1494546601001

Want more details about “Green Eggs and Ham” yoga? Check out my blog post: http://omazingkidsyoga.com/2011/04/20/yummy-young-yoga-with-a-side-of-green-eggs-and-ham/

Want more info about Oklahoma City Educare? Check out these websites: http://www.educareschools.org/locations/okc.php & http://www.okceducare.org/. It’s an OMazing place! 🙂

I volunteer to teach OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers once a month at Educare in Oklahoma City on my day off from work.  Educare serves 200 disadvantaged children, ages birth to five years old, with year-round early childhood education programs.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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My Many Colored Days – explore feelings with color, movement and music: OMazing Kids Yoga activity

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One of my favorite books to help kids learn about feelings is “My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss.

Combine it with the amazing song “Colors” by Kira Willey, an assortment of music to correspond to each color, yoga poses for each animal in the book, colored scarves, a few printable craft activities &  the CALM Picture relaxation script for a fun way to help kids explore feelings in a multi-sensory way.

Supply List:

  • music for each color (my playlist on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/omazing-kids-yoga/sets/my-many-colored-days/). Song 12: Mixed Up Day – Take Five by The Dave Brubeck Quartet & Song 13: Back To Me – La Valse D’Ame’lie by Yann Tiersen would not upload to Soundcloud for some reason…. You can listen to the music on Soundcloud to get a feel for the music but I purposefully disabled the “download” feature and encourage folks to purchase the mp3’s via Amazon or iTunes if they plan on using the songs in their kids yoga classes… because it’s the right thing to do 🙂   Inspired by a post from Maria’s Movers: http://mariasmovers.com/2011/03/dance-by-color-my-many-colored-days/.

  • OR save some time and buy a complete kit from Arts Education IDEAS: http://store.aeideas.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=SCARF-MYMCD2&Category_Code=SCARF – as of 8/22/11 the kit is $29.99 and includes:
    • The board book My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss.
    • 10 durable 27” square, washable nylon scarves – 1 of each of the following 10 colors: purple, royal blue, gray, black, orange, red, kelly green, brown, pink and yellow.
    • IDEAS Colors Music CD with short sound/color segments, then entire pieces, all chosen for mood and movement.
  • Updated 10/19/15: I received an e-mail inquiry… that link no longer works but it looks like the company still sells the product through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/SALE-MULTI-AWARD-WINNING-Childrens-Individual/dp/B0033YD660

  • a set of kids – 1 for each color

          

      

My Many Colored Days – kid color cutouts template: My Many Colored Days – kid color cutouts template

  • plain white paper
  • crayons, colored pencils or markers (keep each child’s unique fine motor & sensory needs in mind)

Other Info:

OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers “My Many Colored Days” event in a Pre-K class at Roosevelt Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma (YouTube videos):

  • Cool YouTube video of the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lum83DLPXIw
  • Yoga opportunities in this book: horse, bird, bear, buzzing bee breaths, owl, seal, fish, dinosaur, flamingo, wolf (up dog + howling), mixed up (make up a pose)
  • Use colored scarves for kids to explore looking through them, moving with them and blowing on them.
  • Different colors evoke different feelings in each person and may change depending on the context (a calm blue ocean, a happy blue bird chirping, a sad person singing the blues)… it is especially helpful for kids with Autism to explore multiple possibilities of meanings for each color. The meanings for each color vary in the song “Colors” by Kira Willey vs. what is depicted in the book “My Many Colored Days”.
  • More ideas at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Book Nookhttp://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/booknook/many_colored_days.pdf

How to sign My Many Colored Days

See how to do sign language with the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdw6s_0ZIuw

My Many Colored Days - pose ideas printable from Kid Partners, Inc

Lots of pose ideas for the book from my friends at Kid Partners, Inc.: My Many Colored Days – pose ideas printable from Kid Partners, Inc. – http://www.kidpartners.net/programs/kid_partners_yoga (PDF: http://www.kidpartners.net/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/MCD_Pose_Ideas_per_Color_KPY.4784355.pdf)

DIY make rainbow crayons

What fun way to recycle-repurpose-resuse broken crayons! It would be fun to make these one week and then use them the next in a “My Many Colored Days” themed class. See this post from The Imagination Tree to see how to make them: http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2011/08/diy-rainbow-crayons.html

Tons of fun for kids of all abilities!

Stop by the OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page for more fun ideas: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Update 5/17/13: Looking for more ideas for a feelings-themed kids yoga class? Check out this great post on the Be Yoga Be Love blog: http://beyogabelove.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/everyone-has-feelings/

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

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Happy Fall – fun fall books & activities (updated for Fall 2012)

    

Pumpkin Pose from the October 2010 newsletter from ABC’s of Yoga for kids (http://www.abcyogaforkids.com/)  

A few fun fall books & activities to celebrate my favorite season…..

Several of my favorite fall books also have tons of great opportunities for kids yoga poses & breathing:

  • The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri (tree, spider, mouse – child’s pose, bird, grasshopper, frog, fish, cat, dog, pumpkin, owl, squirrel + do toe-ga to pick up pom-pom “acorns”, picking apple stretch, sun stretch & breath, buzzing bee breath, pick up leaves)
  • When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger (blow on leaves, cow, spider, owl, pig-happy baby pose, goat-donkey kicks, chicken-bird, horse-neigh & stretch up, sheep-jump, duck, frog, dragonfly-buzzing breath, dog, squirrel, bird, tree) – Click here for story props I made for this book: When the Leaf Blew In story props (PDF)

  • Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk (raccoon, possum, moon stretch, cat, butterfly, squirrel, bear, turtle, tree, owl, deer, paddle canoe partner pose, quaking aspen tree, bird, bunny breaths)
  • Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshman & Cheryl Ryan (flower, fish, cat, blowing wind breath, chicken-bird, raking-forward bend, bean pods-child’s pose, corn stalks-mountain pose, pumpkin, tractor drive group pose, bug-happy baby pose, scarecrow, crows-bird, apple picking stretch, ladder climbing-brain gym cross crawl)
  • We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger (sun stretch & breath, hike-brain gym cross crawl, mountain, tree, forest-trees group pose, waterfall, boat, skunk-cat pose lifting tail to spray, house- rooftops partner pose, leaf blowing, leaf picking). Click here for printable “Thankful Leaves”: Thankful leaves (PDF) & Be Thankful leaves bookmarks (PDF)

      

Kids Yoga Poses for There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves:

 

Music: To Be a Tree by The Flannery Brothers (http://flannerybrothers.com/track/to-be-a-tree)

Fun Five Golden Autumn Leaves song & printable props:

See more details on this post: http://picklebums.com/2012/05/17/printable-autumn-leaf-puppets-and-a-song/. Get the free PDF printable from Picklebums at: http://picklebums.com/images/printables/picklebums%20autumn%20leaves.pdf.

Fun Free Printable Fall Barrier Game from 3 Dinosaurs: http://www.3dinosaurs.com/printables/packs/fall.php (More great info about “barrier games”: http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2011/11/barrier-games-great-for-language-enrichment/)

Check out the cute video by Alluem Yoga Kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jxN8r-BzM0                           

(Alluem Yoga Kids Blog – http://alluemkids.blogspot.com/)


Join in on a discussion about fun fall kids yoga ideas on the OMazing Kids Facebook page:

Click on a book cover to find that book on Amazon.com….
 
Other fun fall finds:
Leaves Falling song from Bill & Tammy’s Children’s World Music Express: http://www.amazon.com/Leaves-Falling/dp/B0017KQ2S6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349304582&s=dmusic&sr=1-1
   
 
 
Coloring Sheets:
       

Craft: Make a Basket & Leaves: 

http://familyfun.go.com/autumn/fall-printables/holiday-basket-with-leaves-704304/

  
Make Pumpkins
Fall Memory Match Game (print 2 copies on cardstock & cut apart into game cards. I added fall scrapbooking paper to the back of mine before laminating them)
A fun Pumpkin Pie Playdoh Recipe (to play with…. not to eat 🙂 )
More free printables, including fall-themed apple, leaves & pumpkin songs: http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/fallfun.html

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Elephant Appreciation Day

Here are a few fun things to celebrate “Elephant Appreciation Day” on September 22nd:

Of course “elephant pose” is a must (picture via ABC’s of Yoga for Kids)  🙂

                     

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{Currently FREE} Check out this cool detailed elephant coloring page that’s currently free from PlayKites Designs (usually $1.49). Grab it quickly since it will only be free for a week: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/01/27/currently-free-detailed-printable-elephant-coloring-page-from-playkites-designs/

 

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http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/elephant-coloring-page/ – puppet

http://media.onsugar.com/files/2011/04/15/1/1430/14305791/a8eb8d0f9ad30e60_elephant_coloring_pages.gif – coloring page

http://www.animaljr.com/animal-coloring-pages-elephants/elephant-coloring-page-2/
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https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/sites/default/files/public/tslac/ld/projects/trc/2005/manual/craftillos/elephantmask.jpg – mask

http://www.ziggityzoom.com/activities.php?a=165another mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

  A wonderful book is “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas

Book:  http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780688093389

Entire book online: http://kidpix.livejournal.com/1170579.html

Coloring pages to go with the book: elephant sneeze coloring pages

Review & Giveaway: Meanings in Motion – Character Building Life Skill Card Deck

  Looking for a fun way to discuss important positive life skills with kids?

The Meanings in Motion – Character Building Life Skill Card Deck is a great resource to facilitate these discussions in a kids yoga class, as part of character education lessons in a classroom setting or for parents to use with kids at home.

We used the “Respect” card from the Meanings In Motion card deck after reading the book “The Rainforest Grew All Around” at the free OMazing Kids Yoga Story Stretchers event we did at the Norman Public Library on 9/17/11. It was so cool to see how kids that young understood the concept. They understood “no seed = no tree = no home for the animals” and came up with things they could do to “respect” our planet (pick up trash, turn off the water when brushing teeth, re-use things instead of throwing them away, etc..)”

See the YouTube video of part of that discussion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao2ZXrter-Q

Info about the cards:

The Meanings in Motion – Character Building Life Skill Card Deck is a portable conversation game that gets the whole family, class or group learning, talking, and implementing positive life skills. Pick a card and let the journey begin by discussing topics such as: gratitude, diversity, self-esteem, goal setting, feelings, responsibility, honesty, respect, integrity, compassion and more.  Each question and activity opens up new ways to connect, learn and grow while having fun at the same time!

• Portable conversation games and activities that allow you and your children to focus on powerful life skills that often get missed in the rush of daily life.
• 22 cards in a deck with more than 80 questions and over 40 activities.
• Great for families, groups, and classrooms.
• Cards are creatively designed by kids for kids
• Ages 5+

Here is a PDF of more great ideas of ways to use these cards: MIM cards More Activities for Families, Groups and Classrooms

Available for purchase on Amazon.com ($15.95): http://www.amazon.com/Meanings-Motion-interactive-bringing-families/dp/0615289975

And check out Meanings in Motion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meanings-In-Motion/170488815768

And here’s a sneek peek at the updated Meanings in Motion website (still under construction):http://meaningsinmotion.com/. They are in the process of coming out with  a “revised edition” of the cards with new packaging for portability (on a carabineer for families on the go!) and will include MANY new fun activities for families, groups and classrooms.

DisclaimerI received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

 

How to enter the Meanings in Motion – Character Building Life Skill Card Deck giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention at least one important life skill concept all kids should learn. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  2. For one additional entry, enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga) & mention at least one important life skill concept all kids should learn (posts must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on September 30, 2011.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address AND a mailing address in the United States of America.
  • Due to the cost of mailing, only USA entries allowed. Sorry… no international entries for this particular contest.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga or Meanings in Motion are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on October 1, 2011.
  • The winner will get one (1) copy of the Meanings in Motion – Character Building Life Skill Card Deck
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to Meanings in Motion.
  • Meanings in Motion will be shipping the card deck directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $15.95.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a deck of life skill cards but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids Yoga, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

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Going on an Urban Animals Hunt – an OMazing Kids Yoga activity

Looking for a fun indoor activity for kids? We did an indoor animal hunt in OMazing Kids Yoga to go with the book “Urban Animals” by Isabel Hill

(take a peek inside the book on her website: http://www.isabelhill.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/UrbanAnimalsExcerpt.pdf & more at http://www.isabelhill.com/books/urban-animals). Available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Urban-Animals-Isabel-T-Hill/dp/1595722106

I made picture cards for all the animals in the book and taped them on the architectural elements (walls, columns, railings, windows, doors, etc.) inside the JD McCarty Center.

PDF printable (2 pages – letter size paper): Urban Animals – animal pics for indoor animal hunt  (tip: laminate the pics or cover in clear contact paper for durability)

We made binoculars out of toilet paper tubes (just need two cardboard tubes of same length, tape, construction paper strip (to tape around the tubes to help hold them together), yarn, a single hole punch & crayons) & then animal hunt began 🙂

The kids took turns doing “I Spy” or “I See” (for kids that were nonverbal, we used a BIGmack®  single message voice output communication aide that they pushed the button to say “Look!”).

More info about ways to use the BIGmack® http://talksense.weebly.com/feature-101-ideas-for-a-bigmack.html

Since we were “on the move”, we kept shoes on & didn’t use yoga mats since the area is carpeted (it was a great opportunity for folks to see that yoga can be done “off the mat”)

We stopped and did the yoga pose or breath for each animal that we found (here are a few ideas…. for Seahorse we made up a pose – lay on your tummy, cross your legs & then curl them – like the curled tail of a seahorse, put your hands on the floor by your shoulders and wiggle fingers – like the tiny fins, make sure to switch and cross with the other leg on top; Hare = hopping; Bunny = Bunny Breaths)

Tons of fun for kids of all abilities!

Stop by the OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page for more fun ideas: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga