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{Free Printable & Lesson Plan} Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks

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Have you seen the new line of Ladybug Girl board books? Board books are a great option when doing 1-on-1 activities. The sturdy pages and shortened text lend themselves well to repeated use with kids with special needs. I love this newest book in the Ladybug Girl series! It has a great message of gratitude and is filled with lots of opportunities for kids yoga: ladybug, dog, bumblebee breath, grasshopper (for Grasshopper Girl), crescent moon, standing star, tree, book (easy pose and open/close legs like turning pages in a book, pumpkin (child pose with hands at head for stem), pie making sequence (see details below) & ending with the Gratitude Relaxation guided relaxation and activities from the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck. I also include coloring as part of relaxation.

Get the free printable coloring page that I made for the yoga poses in this book:

ladybug-girl-gives-thanks-free-coloring-page-from-omazing-kids

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Pie making kids yoga sequence: 

  • roll out the pie dough (lay on belly & kids choose if they want their arms, legs or back rolled out with a pool noodle “rolling pin” or a real rolling pin – be mindful of kid’s sensory needs and always ask their permission before touching. Some kids may prefer to roll out their own arms or legs with the pool noodle)
  • easy pose legs as bowl, put in pumpkin, eggs, spices, etc., mix (stir the pot & do “washing machine” for mixer)
  • pie pose (seated angle)
  • tick-tock-toes timer (point-flex feet while saying “tick tock” as the pie “cooks” on your oven)
  • smell & “mmm” breath

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Fun idea:

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See this post for more ideas for teaching kids about gratitude and thankfulness. Includes lesson plans for several books, crafts, Gratitude Relaxation card and a music playlist:

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/11/16/thanksgiving-thankfulness-giving-and-gratitude-lesson-plan-ideas/

And this album:

An album of Fall mandalas & coloring pages:

 

Also check out this fun new song:

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

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Leap Day theme for kids yoga & speech-language therapy with “Jump” by Scott Fischer

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Looking for a fun book for a “leap day” themed kids yoga class? Check out all the fun opportunities in the book “Jump” by Scott Fischer!

He sings the entire book in this video: http://youtu.be/54n5QN01PcE

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The book is also full of great opportunities to target speech & language goals. I used it today in a session to target inclusion of the final bilabial sound in the repeated line “jump”. This is such a fun book to read 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Jump-Scott-M-Fischer/dp/1416978844
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

Celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day with Kids Yoga

Celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

Celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day (1st day of Spring) on March 20th with kids yoga! This has always been one of my favorite books but I had struggled to come up with ideas on how to use it in kids yoga until I was inspired by the ideas shared by Yogaberries – yoga classes for children & families in Derby. in this discussion we had on the OMazing Kids Facebook page about great books to use in kids yoga. I added & modified several to use with the kids in OMazing Kids yoga at the JD McCarty Center. Here is the lesson plan we use:

  • crescent moon
  • egg (child’s pose)
  • caterpillar (group happy baby pose – lay side by side with arms & legs up and wiggling)
  • sun stretch & breath (http://wp.me/p1t7TU-1T , includes link to a video clip & free sun printables)
  • apple picking stretch (in easy pose stretch one arm up & across to “pick the apple”. Engage kids imagination by asking “What color is your apple?” Repeat on other side. For all of the “food” items you can use toy food items or copies of the story prop printables. Whether or not I do this depends on the kids I have in the group. Some kids get overstimulated with too many props & others need the props to keep their attention)
  • wiggle like caterpillars on tummy around the circle to the next mat to pick the next fruit (pears). Repeat for the rest of the fruits (plums, strawberries & oranges)
  • cake (we did a bake the cake sequence similar to what I used for baking a pie in Apple Farmer Annie)
  • ice cream scoops partner pose
  • pickle (tense face like eating a sour pickle & relax)
  • swiss cheese (gyan mudra at eyes to look through the holes)
  • salami (woodchopper pose to slice it)
  • lollipop (mountain pose like a staight lollipop stick)
  • pie (seated angle pose)
  • sausage (rock & roll on back like a plump sausage)
  • cupcake (blow out the candle breath. For safety, we do not use a real candle….. just pretend)
  • watermelon (triangle pose – like the shape of the watermelon slice)
  • leaf (tree pose)
  • big caterpillar (use Hoberman sphere or hands with Balloon Breath to show the caterpillar getting bigger & bigger)
  • cocoon (roll up each child in their mat for Savasana – Note: it’s important to ask each child’s permission & be mindful of their sensory needs when doing this)
  • butterfly + affirmation “I am beautiful!”
  • could also do some butterfly breathing during Savasana with this prop (or a butterfly beanie baby or small stuffed animal). Place it on the child’s belly so they can watch it “fly” up and down slowly with their breath. (see pic of prop in this album on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/cl8v7wo)
  • for added fun, have colored scarves and explore “flying” fast and slow using the scarves as butterfly wings.

The Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids book has a fabulous “If I Could Fly” guided relaxation story that could easily be modified to fit a butterfly relaxation.

More ideas on this mamanaturally blog post.

See this fun yoga story from Cosmic Kids inspired by the book.

Playlist:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Amanda Ellis, MT-BC 
  • Caterpillar by Geof Johnson
  • Caterpillar, Caterpillar by Kira Willey
  • Hungry Caterpillar by The Learning Station
  • Butterfly by Bari Koral
  • Fly Like a Butterfly by Radiant Child Yoga
  • Butterfly on the I Grow with Yoga CD by Childlight Yoga
  • Butterfly by Lisa Loeb & Elizabeth Mitchell (great for relaxation)
  • Butterfly  – on the Musical Yoga Adventures World Journey CD (instrumental with an Asian flair)
  • Butterfly (Wings of Light) by Bradley Kirkpatrick (lovely instrumental music)
  • Butterfly on the Relax Kids Nature: Enchanting Meditations For All Ages CD (guided relaxation)
  • Butterfly Relaxation on the Meditation for Girls CD by Sada (guided relaxation)
  • The Goodnight Caterpillar on the Indigo Dreams CD by Stress Free Kids (guided relaxation)

Healthy Eating tunes: Fabulous free tunes from the Eat Like A Rainbow CD by Jay Mankita. My faves are Eat Like A Rainbow, My Food Is Made From Sunshine & Sun, Wind, Soil, And Rain. This award-winning 10 song children’s album about healthy fruits and vegetables is a great teaching tool for kids and families, and is free to download from this site. The songs were originally commissioned by a grant for a joint project of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, and the NYC Board of Education (Dept of School Foods): http://eat-like-a-rainbow.bandcamp.com/.

More fun ideas for Very Hungry Caterpillar songs!

Tangerine with segments on a white background

When we do Very Hungry Caterpillar yoga this year I will be adding a fun fruit mindfulness activity.

  • Have a real piece of fruit for each child (Note: it’s important to know about any food allergies or dietary restrictions before using food in kids yoga. We will be using small seedless clementines for their “kid-friendly” size. Young kids may not be familiar with the word “clementine” so I will call it an “orange”).
  • Hold the orange in your hands with your eyes open. Look at the orange. Is it big or small? What color is it? Does it have any other colors or spots?
  • Close your eyes. Hold the orange up to your nose. How does it smell?
  • Feel the orange in your hands. Is it heavy or light? Is it bumpy or smooth?
  • Hold the orange in your lap. Imagine the tiny orange seed in the ground.  Imagine the sunshine that helped the orange to grow on the tree. How does the sunshine feel? Imagine the rain as it fell. How does the rain feel? Imagine the tree where this orange grew. How tall was the tree?
  • Imagine all the energy that went into this orange. Imagine the farmer who took care of the orange trees. Imagine all the workers who picked the oranges, who delivered them to the store and who work in the store where we bought the oranges.
  • Open your eyes and look at your orange again. Can we eat it like this or do we need to take off the outside peel?
  • Let’s take the peel off. And peel off a small orange wedge. (Note: be mindful of kids sensory issues when doing this. Some kids may be hesitant to touch the fruit unpeeled and may prefer to watch. After you unpeel the clementine you can put it in a small ziploc bag or bowl if needed for kids who would be more comfortable experiencing it that way).
  • Take a small bite. How does the orange taste? Cool? Sweet? Juicy?
  • Close your eyes and take another small bite of orange. Listen to the sound it makes as you chew it in your mouth.
  • Take your time. Be curious about this orange and how it is feeling as you eat it.

(adapted from a fruit meditation I learned as part of the fabulous Calm Kids online course I took)

More Resources about “mindful eating”:

  • The Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck has a wonderful “Eat Smart” card with tips about healthy & mindful eating and a “Tasty Focus” activity on the “Mindful Meditations” card. 
  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions by Lawrence E. Shapiro & Robin K Sprague has a “Mindful Eating” activity. 
  • The MindUP Curriculum: Grades PreK-2: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning-and Living by The Hawn Foundation has a “Mindful Tasting” 8-page lesson with great ideas for curriculum connections.

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar (click pic to go to Youtube video)

Video of Eric Carle reading the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkYmvxP0AJI

Very Hungry Caterpillar story props and PECS activity

I made story props so kids can interact with the story and experience making the caterpillar eat “through” all the food items. I also created picture symbols to use in a Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) activity or as Aided Language Stimulation. The kids I work with benefit from tapping into those many different learning styles and kids with Autism in particular do well with having visuals to go with a book. Learn more about story props & a list of where to find story prop ideas.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar free printable story props

Great free printable story props from the Kizclub website: The Very Hungry Caterpillar story props from Kizclub.com (color version) – 6 page PDF. Also available in a black/white version that is great for coloring or crafts: The Very Hungry Caterpillar story props from Kizclub.com (black & white version) – 6 page PDF

BIGmack Very Hungry Caterpillar

Kids LOVE filling in the repeated line “But he was still ________ (hungry)”! I always have a BIGmack or other single message voice output communication aide available for kids who have limited verbal skills to be able to participate. I record the repeated line & they “say” it by pushing the button with their hand, foot, head, etc…..

In addition to the therapeutic yoga group, I also teach a weekly adapted storytime at the JD McCarty Center. One of our current inpatients is deaf so I am brushing up on my sign language so I can sign key words in the story. Here are a few signs for this story:

hungry

caterpillar sign

moon

on

leaf sign

sun

up

little

eat

used for “food” & “eat”

apple

pear

Plum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvZECBsDdkQ – Form the letter P of the sign language alphabet with one hand. Form the other hand into a fist. Hold the fist in front of the chest with the palm facing towards the body. Touch the middle finger of the P to the pinky of the fist. Slide the middle finger across the back of the hand from the pinky finger to the index finger.

strawberry

orange

cake

ice_cream

pickle

cheese

candy

(use sign for “candy” for “lollipop” or you could fingerspell it)

pie sign

watermelon sign

stomachache

big

Cocoon: http://www.spreadthesign.com/us/96060/cocoon-american-english. After signing “caterpillar”, twirl one index finger down away from the other like a cocoon.

Beautiful: http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/b/beautiful/ – starting with your dominant hand open, thumb pointing at your chin and fingers pointing up.  You complete the sign by rolling your fingers across the front of your face.

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Eric Carle coloring sheets - click pic to open 31-page PDF

Free coloring sheets for several Eric Carle books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Eric Carle coloring sheets (31 page PDF)

Here is an album of butterfly, insect & spring mandalas & coloring sheets on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.343747752342903.95643.174264525957894&type=3

Lots of free Very Hungry Caterpillar stuff: http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/features/hungrycaterpillar/index.html & a printables pack PDF: http://www.bookitprogram.com/redzone/printables/VHCprintablespack_penguin.pdfTons on the Making Learning Fun website: http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/HungryCaterpillarPrintables.htm.

Check out the Eric Carle Pinterest page for TONS of ideas! http://pinterest.com/worldericcarle/

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is featured in “Give Me 20” reading challenge from 3/4 to 4/26/13. Win fun prizes! See their website for rules: http://www.bookitprogram.com/redzone/gm20challenge.asp. Printables: http://www.bookitprogram.com/redzone/gm20challenge_home.asp

Ideas to extend the theme:

Butterfly Butterfly - A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek

Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek is another favorite. The peek through die-cuts encourage kids to checkout the next page a the surprise pop-up at the end is beautiful! Love to pair this with The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a butterfly extravaganza 🙂

Very Hungry Caterpillar - Playdoh storytelling ideas from The Imagination Tree (click pic to go that blog)hungry caterpillar sensory tub ideas

Engage multiple senses in learning with these fun ideas for using Playdoh to retell the story: http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2012/08/the-hungry-caterpillar-play-dough-story.html & a Sensory Tub: http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2013/02/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-sensory.html.

Adorable playdoh party favor idea:

The very hungry caterpillar playdoh party favor idea

This “sticky table activity” activity looks SO fun!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Sticky Table activity

Great free Read & Do activity & printable from Official BOOK IT! Program  for The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle / the world of Eric Carle TM: http://www.bookitprogram.com/redzone/printables/VHCRead&Do.pdf

VHC healthy eating

Have a discussion about healthy food choices: Download a copy of the Eating Healthy. Growing Strong. parent handout that contains information about healthy eating for young children, as well as ideas for discussing healthy active living using the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Download a very special growth chart developed in collaboration with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Incorporate some “food fun” with this snack idea & printable

4 hungry caterpillar snack

Very Hungry Caterpillar food labels & party

Very Hungry Caterpillar rocks

Update 4/23/13: Oh how I love this painted rocks idea from Thrive 360 Living!!!! Wish I had the skills to make a set. Creativity isn’t my issue…. I just don’t have the artistic ability to have them come out this beautiful.

polka dots VHC
Feel free to share any requests you have for kids yoga lesson plan ideas in the comments below or on the OMazing Kids Facebook page!

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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

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Yoga of Seuss – Name the Seuss Characters Facebook Contest

Guess the Seuss Characters

Update 3/2/13: Well I was a little sad that nobody entered to play “Guess the Seuss Characters”…… oh well I had fun making this anyways. Here are the PDF’s in case anyone wants to use this in their classroom or classes:

Guess the Seuss Characters PDF: Guess the Seuss Characters – characters only (no answer sheet)

Guess the Seuss Characters (with answer page) 2-page PDF: Guess the Seuss Characters – with answers

Join in the Seusstastic fun this week on OMazing Kids!

  • I have scheduled Facebook posts with Dr. Seuss quotes every day at 7:00am CST next week. So stop by to start your day with some Seussisms 🙂
  • Play “Guess the Seuss Characters” by entering your guesses in the “comments” section on this picture on the top of the OMazing Kids Facebook page by 11:59pm CST on 3/1/13. Use the letter & number and character’s name/what book it is from (ex: D3 Cat in the Hat). Whoever gets the most correct answers wins. Only entries via comment on the picture on Facebook count. I will announce the winner on Saturday, March 2, 2013 (Dr. Seuss’ birthday). In the event of a “tie” I will come up with a tie-breaker Seuss pop-quiz. The prize is a surprise….. something fun & Seuss-ish 🙂
  • Enjoy a free 3-page PDF printable  of 36 Dr. Seuss inspired kids yoga activities (including poses, breathing, games, affirmations, yamas/niyamas & relaxation) that I created last year to celebrate his birthday. I’ve always loved Dr. Seuss & have fond memories of reading his books as a child. Now it’s fun to find new creative ways to help kids enjoy his work as well 🙂

yoga of seuss - click to open 3-page PDF

See more “seusstastic” ideas for celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd, with the annual Read Across America 2013 EduKit Booklet:

Read Across America 2013 printable guide - click pic to open PDF

http://www.seussville.com/activities/RAA13_EduKit_Booklet_WEB.pdf

Feel free to share any requests you have for kids yoga lesson plan ideas in the comments below or on the OMazing Kids Facebook page!

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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

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OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

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Big A, little a – A Dr. Seuss ABC’s alphabet extravaganza (kids yoga & early literacy)

Dr. Seuss ABC OMazing Kids Yoga lesson plan

Combining early literacy activities with movement, music, art, props & games with can create fun learning opportunities to engage all the senses. Many kids with special needs have an especially difficult time with even basic early literacy skills and often may not enjoy sitting still for a traditional “storytime”.  Dr. Seuss would have loved kids yoga and most of the kids I work with LOVE his books! The creativity & uniqueness of his characters, the wacky rhyming text, great repeated lines, the messages of nature conservation, peace & equality, and all the fun…fun…fun! Dr. Seuss books & characters are a wonderful inspiration for kids yoga class activities!

Kids yoga opportunities in Dr. Seuss’ ABC:

  • Alligator (after doing “alligator pose”, use alligator plush as “alligator on a rock” on child’s back in child’s pose or let the alligator swim on the breath on child’s belly)
  • Baby, bubble blowing breathwork, buzzing bee breath
  • Camel
  • Dog
  • Elephant
  • Feather breathwork
  • Goat, goggles (gyan mudra “glasses” at eyes)
  • Horse, hooray (affirmation cards)
  • I am happy, I am good (I like this all English version from Zensational Kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMHbg4ArfeY)
  • Jelly wiggle, jar of jam (stir the pot),
  • Kitten (cat), kangaroo hops, kite, kerchoo (sneezing breath)
  • Legs (seated forward fold), lion
  • Mouse, moon
  • Nose (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Ostrich (standing forward fold – like ostrich hiding head in sand), owl
  • Paint the pajamas (use paintbrush bulletin board cutouts as props)
  • Queen (lotus mudra to make crown on head), quacking (duck)
  • Rhinoceros
  • Sipping sodas (sitali breath)
  • Turtle, tree
  • Umbrella (standing star – like a wide open umbrella, with wiggling fingers as raindrops falling)
  • Violin (rock the baby – leg is like the bow playing the violin)
  • Washer
  • X – words that end in “X” – ax (woodchopper), fox (gyan mudra around nose)
  • Yawning, yak
  • Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz (group pose – kids lay down to form a letter “Z”; also could make up a pose)

See & hear the book being sung in this YouTube video:

Dr Seuss ABC Song

(mp3 version saved out on my Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/omazing-kids-yoga/dr-suess-abc-song-youtube)

boy coloring

We also did a phonemic awareness sort, color & paste activity. I found this activity on Seussville.com and then modified it to meet our kids needs. Many of our kids at JDMC do better when given some choices rather than the open ended nature of this worksheet. Often when given a few pictured choices they then can think of other things to draw that start with that letter. Using Boardmaker, I made 5 picture symbols for words that start with “A” and 5 that start with “B”. After using it I tweaked it a bit (took off “ant” since it also looked like “bugs”…. a “B” word. And added a What begins with “A” sheet since two of the kids with Autism were having a difficult time with not having a specific spot to paste the “A” words. In that moment, we did a mini-lesson on problem solving and thinking of options. We were able to draw an “A” on the back of the “B” worksheet to be able to move on 🙂 )

Dr. Seuss initial sound phonemic awareness - B & A (sort, color & paste activity with Boardmaker symbols) - click pic to open PDF

Dr. Seuss initial sound phonemic awareness – B & A (sort, color & paste activity with Boardmaker symbols)

Fun “seek-and-find” alphabet animals coloring pages (would be best for older kids or those who can handle this level of detail): 

Seek & Find Alphabet Coloring – click pic to open 26-page PDF (pics from: http://www.kids-n-fun.com/Coloringpages/Alphabet-animals)

Make some Rainbow Alphabet Crayons:

rainbow alphabet crayons

More fun ideas for this book: 

Extend the “alphabet” theme with any of these great kids yoga products:

  • ABCs of Yoga for Kids Learning Cards. They also have an alphabet picture book with a rhyme for each pose (available in English & Spanish), a coloring book, a poster & other products.
  • Asana Alphabet: Yogi & Yogette Learn the Asana Alphabet
  • Elahi Yoga Student Workbook
  • Frog Yoga Alphabet Teacher Training Package by Young Yoga Masters
  • Learn With Yoga ABC Yoga Cards for Kids cards – set of 26 ABC yoga cards with verbal cues & benefits (1 pose for each letter) & 26 Instructor Cards with ideas for language development & reading readiness activities for each pose.  [Review: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-31]. They also have an Instructors Guide, Virtues Book, coloring book & other products.
  • Luke’s A to Z of Australian Animals: an Alphabet Coloring Book by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories [Review: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-XH]

The Rotary Club of Boston #7 has a free download of this cool guide on their website! It’s an 80-page PDF so be patient while it downloads. See the website for details about use: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?accountid=3239&pid=57374 

Want to learn even more about combining movement with early literacy? Read this great article “Learning By Leaps and Bounds: Linking Literacy & Movement” by Rae Pica from NAEYC: http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/201011/Leaps&BoundsOnline1110.pdf.

Also check out this “Yoga4Literacy – Reading Readiness with a Twist” webinar series from Donna Freeman at yogainmyschool.com. Available on the new Kids Yoga Academy website either as part of a membership plan (http://kidsyogaacademy.com/ecourses) or the new on-demand E-course option (http://kidsyogaacademy.com/on-demand-ecourses).

I purchased my copy of the book & the plush alligator at Kohl’s. Dr. Seuss is part of their current “Kohl’s Cares” line. Large hardcover books and plush toys are a bargain at only $5.00 each & the proceeds go to great causes (what not to love about that?): 

Kohl's Cares Seuss products

If you have been following my blog, Facebook page & other social media pages for any length of time, you know that I love & own hundreds of kids picture books. I have several other Dr. Seuss “faves” that I have posted lesson plans for: Green Eggs & Ham, My Many Colored Days & How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. Last year I was inspired to create “The Yoga of Dr. Seuss” a 3-page PDF printable  of 36 Dr. Seuss inspired kids yoga activities (including poses, breathing, games, affirmations, yamas/niyamas & relaxation) to celebrate his birthday. I’ve always loved Dr. Seuss & have fond memories of reading his books as a child. Now it’s fun to find new creative ways to help kids enjoy his work as well 🙂

yoga of seuss - click to open 3-page PDF

See a post by Barbara Gini at Bodylogique inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew”: Are YOU Going to Solla Sollew?

See more “seusstastic” ideas for celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd, with the annual Read Across America 2013 EduKit Booklet:

Read Across America 2013 printable guide - click pic to open PDF

http://www.seussville.com/activities/RAA13_EduKit_Booklet_WEB.pdf

Join a Seuss Blog Hop started by Rainbows Within Reach:

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Feel free to share any requests you have for kids yoga lesson plan ideas in the comments below or on the OMazing Kids Facebook page!

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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

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Perfect Square: a perfect book for kids yoga

perfect square cover with OMazing Kids logo

One square. Unlimited possibilities. One bright red square starts out perfectly happy. But then something happens. On Monday, the square turns orange, gets cut up and punched with holes. Though no longer a perfect square, it transforms into something just as wonderful…a babbling, giggling, clapping fountain. On Tuesday, the square (now yellow), gets torn into pieces and turns into a garden. Each day of the week, Perfect Square turns a different color & its “perfectness” is disrupted and each day it creatively turns itself into something new and different. On the last day, nothing happens to Perfect Square. It waits and waits. I LOVE that instead of waiting any longer for something else to change it, it changes itself!

If you have been following my blog, Facebook page & other social media pages for any length of time, you know that I love & own hundreds of kids picture books. There are lots of “good” books & then there are a few “great” books….. like Green Eggs & Ham with it’s message of trying new things, exploring feelings with Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored Days, the creativity of Not a Box, the sensory extravaganza & fun of being made into a pizza in Pete’s a Pizza,  affirmation & the power of friendship in Agate, What Good is a Moose?, etc.

Perfect Square falls into the “great” category for the following reasons:

  • includes lots of early learning concepts (colors, shapes, days of the week)
  • large, easy to read text
  • lots of great vocabulary, descriptive language & action words
  • fosters creativity
  • lots of opportunities for kids yoga
  • has a great empowering messages of taking life’s “unperfectness” and making your own beauty out of it & the beauty of thinking outside the “box”.

Kids yoga opportunities in this book:

  • fountain (volcano and/or waterfall)
  • bird
  • flower
  • kite
  • bridge
  • river (seated forward fold)
  • fish (* for safety reasons I often do easy pose + a mudra of the sign for “fish” rather than the traditional “fish” pose)
  • mountain
  • window (could either do a group pose to create a window or could do star pose to make arms & legs like the windowpane divider)
  • the book then repeats back through all the previous items which gives kids great practice to repeat the poses they had just learned

The book trailer:

Perfect Square - book trailer (click pic to go to Youtube video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD9PnQFc8Kk

A peek inside the book:

Saturday

mountain 2

This book lends itself perfectly to doing a craft activity! Really….. I dare you to read this book and not do a craft….. it won’t be possible 🙂

Free activity guide from the publisher:

Perfect Square - free printable activity from the publisher (click to open PDF)

Perfect Square – free printable activity guide from the publisher (PDF)

See ideas:

craft ideas

http://shannonsbooknook.com/?p=2310

More ideas: http://mathfour.com/picture-books/perfect-square, http://thriftylivingde.blogspot.com/2012/03/perfect-square-craft.html

Book extension ideas. Love all the great descriptive language in this book! http://centerforeducation.rice.edu/slc/IdeaMoNov2011.html

I purchased my copy of the book for 34% off on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Square-Michael-Hall/dp/0061915130

Feel free to share any requests you have for kids yoga lesson plan ideas in the comments below or on the OMazing Kids Facebook page!

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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

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Give Love: A Valentine’s Day Lesson Plan from OMazing Kids Yoga

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day books. There are several animals (mouse, dog, cat, bunny, moose, fox, pig) so it is great for a kids yoga class. Each animal in the story has a unique strength & I love how Mouse takes the time to make a special card for each of his friends…. and the friends have a special surprise for Mouse 🙂

How we did the poses for this book: mouse – child’s pose, upward facing dog, cat, bunny breaths (3 quick sniffs in), moose -a variation on “deer” pose from Yoga In My School (http://yogainmyschool.com/2010/07/19/kids-yoga-poses-deer-pose-marichiyasana-ii/) – we added holding our hands up on our heads as antlers,  fox – the sign for “fox” http://www.babysignlanguagedictionary-mysmarthands.com/fox_-_ASL_sign_for_fox.html – looks like the Gyan mudra around the nose, & pig – the yoga freeze dance since pig & mouse are dancing on that page in the book 🙂

Here are symbols I made to use with the book:

Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse – symbols (1 page PDF)

I think Pig & Mouse are dancing to the MC Yogi song “Give Love”… so we did Yoga Freeze Dance to this song. When the music stops you freeze in your favorite yoga pose.

(http://www.yogafriends.com/mc_yogi_give_love.mp3 – “right click” on this link & “save target as” to save the mp3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpVUih5nY9g

The Valentine’s Day playlist on my Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/omazing-kids-yoga/sets/valentines-day-playlist/

Bari Koral’s Hearts song:

Bari Koral Hearts - click pic to go to Youtube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejwrUXNoDds

Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids has two guided imagery stories that will be great to use with a Valentine’s Day or love theme kids yoga class! Here is a partial screenshot. See more details about this fabulous book in this post on the OMazing Kids blog: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/08/26/review-giveaway-imaginations-fun-relaxation-stories-and-meditations-for-kids/. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Imaginations-Relaxation-Stories-Meditations-Kids/dp/1463512023.

Hugs & Kisses Pose from Yoga Rocks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvLeXxbA2Wc (another version at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5HKR8krGpg)

This is a great feel good pose, hugging yourself and throwing kisses out to the world.   This pose helps kids to feel love and give love.

Sitting tall on your yoga mat, bend your legs so your knees are up and your feet are close to you.  Wrap your arms around your legs and give yourself a big squeeze for “Hug”.  Then open your arms and legs up and out into a big “X” for “Kiss” making a kiss sound.

Fun partner pose ideas & a free printable in this post from Playful Learning: Yoga for Kids: V-Day Edition

playful learning valentines day

Heart Pose from Sprout

Mini video on Sprout website: http://50.57.13.175/sprout/Activities/detail.aspx?id=5a853f61-20b4-4f4c-ae7a-997a0181a942

Partner Heart Pose from Yoga in Mar Vista

click on the photo to go to their Facebook page 🙂

Strike a Valentine’s Day Yoga Pose! 5 Festive Stretches For Kids

Heart Mudra – Sit with your legs crossed. Then hide your arms behind your back before you show your valentine the heart you made for them with your hands.

See all 5 poses from Lara Benusis, the youth program director at Pure Yoga at: http://www.lilsugar.com/Valentines-Day-Yoga-Poses-Kids-13881568

 

We worked on friendship social skills during our Valentine’s Day yoga class by asking each other about our two favorite colors & two favorite animal valentines. Then we colored two animal valentines to give to each of our friends in the class.

 animal valentines to color

valentines coloredanimal valentines (colored version)

Depending on how much time you have, you could also do yoga poses for the animals on the valentines.

We made this super easy heart-shaped valentine holder from Making Learning Fun: http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/ValentineHeartHolder.htm

I saved it as a PDF to make it easier to print: heart valentine holder printable

 

Heart Mandalas: I saved 24 heart mandalas in a PDF document to make it easier to print them – heart mandalas. A valentine’s gift of 2 dozen mandalas 🙂  Coloring mandalas is a calming activity for most kids. Some of these mandalas are simple & some are more complex so please keep each child’s level of fine motor skills & ability to handle detail in mind when picking ones for them to color.

Links to the source for each mandala can be found on each picture in the album on my OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.317072695010409.90378.174264525957894&type=3

Note: These mandalas are for non-commercial use only.

Look at the cool handout that Laura Fuller from Yoga in Mar Vista made with one of the Heart Mandalas! Click on each pic to open up that PDF (2 separate 1-page PDF’s):
  

Love coloring sheet - click pic to open PDFLove coloring sheet

Make your own Candy Heart messages:

heart messages

http://www.cryptogram.com/hearts/

Link to the HeartMath website (mentioned on page 2 of the mandala handout): www.heartmath.org,

Shift and Shine Technique® for Ages 3-6: http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/shift-and-shine-age-3-to-6.html?submenuheader=2,

HeartShift™  Tool for Ages 7 – 11: http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/heartshift-age-7-to-11.html?submenuheader=2

The Quick Coherence Technique® for Ages 12-18: http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/quick-coherence-age-12-to-18.html?submenuheader=2

Loving Kindness Meditation – click pic to open PDF  (Source: SoulShine Life – Yoga for Kids and Families – Facebook post)

Valentine’s Day Finger Puppets:

Valentine finger puppets (color version)

& Valentine finger puppets (black & white version – for kids to color)

A fun idea for Valentine’s Day Affirmations from Stress Free Kids:

More Valentine’s Day coloring pages: http://twistynoodle.com/coloring-pages/holiday/valentines-day/

Lots of great free Valentine’s Day stuff on the Super Simple Songs website: http://www.supersimplesongs.com/valentines/

A craft for later: These would take more time than we would have in a kids yoga class but would be fun to make at home and a great way to reuse broken crayons: http://thelongthread.com/?p=5646 & more tips: http://www.makeandtakes.com/recycled-chunky-crayons

Want even more ideas for Valentine’s Day themed yoga? Check out these posts: http://yogainmyschool.com/2010/02/11/kids-valentines-day-yoga-class/, http://yogainmyschool.com/2012/02/13/valentines-week-tlc-challenge/ & http://www.lilsugar.com/Valentines-Day-Yoga-Poses-Kids-13881568.

Looking for even more great books?

Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson

Here are the symbols I made to go with it. I put a small piece of velcro on the back of each heart & on the front of each character so kids can add a “kiss” to each one as we read the book…. great for working on vocabulary, following directions, great book for kids yoga with the added message of the love you give coming back to you…. https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/love-kisses.pdf

All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Trafuri

Totally LOVING the new book “All Kinds of Kisses” by Nancy Tafuri! Each spread has an animal and how they kiss their little ones (ex: “Little Piglet loves Oink kisses.”). Again lots of animals so it would be great for kids yoga, great for teaching vocabulary (including names for the babies of each animal), teaching animal sounds, great repeated line (good for emergent literacy, use of a BigMack voice output communication aide, intraverbal fill-ins in an ABA Verbal Behavior program, etc…) and the bluebird is included somewhere on each page so it encourages looking for that detail. I made symbols for this book too: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/all-kinds-of-kisses.pdf

Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond

I love this new book by Felicia Bond too! Although it would fit with a Valentine’s Day theme, it could be used anytime of the year & has tons of opportunities for kids yoga poses/activities. And for SLP’s out there, lots of great vocabulary & opposites word pairs. I got a great deal on this book at Sam’s Club 🙂 Here are the symbols I made to go with the book: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/big-hugs-little-hugs.pdf

How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis

My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall (see ideas on the Storyoga Facebook post: http://tinyurl.com/7p3p6xq; a printable resource guide from the publisher: http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/harperchildrensImages/Printable/my%20heart%20is%20like%20a%20zoo%20activities.pdf )

Cute Carson Dellosa heart crafts to go with this book – click pic to open PDF:

Love is the Color of a Rainbow by Kathy Parra  (see my blog post for a review & giveaway: http://omazingkidsyoga.com/2012/02/13/review-giveaway-love-is-the-color-of-a-rainbow-plus-some-rainbow-yoga-ideas/)

Can you tell that I love Valentine’s Day? 🙂

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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