Kids Affirmation Cards & Custom Plush Creations from BSL Creations * Cuddle Wumkins & Daily Whisper Products

Check out these fun custom creations & kids affirmation cards from BSL Creations * Cuddle Wumkins & Daily Whisper Products!

I was looking for some ideas for kids affirmations a few weeks ago and ran across this old blog post from 2009: http://www.thesucculentwife.com/daily-whisper-nurturing-words-for-kids/.

After a little digging I found the company on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BSLCreations. Love the power of social media…. after a few FB comments & e-mails my custom order was on its way 🙂 Love that I could pay via Paypal online & that the order arrived quickly.

Here are pics of my order:

I love the cute illustrations on both sides of the cards & that the affirmations are relevant/meaningful for kids.

It is especially nice to see affirmation cards that are not “goofy” (you know the kind that imply that you always win, everyone will always like you, the sun is always shining, etc….. It’s not fair or healthy to give kids the impression that nothing bad will ever happen or that the only feeling that is okay is “happy”).

The Daily Whisper cards include affirmations about choices kids have control over (ex: I am always nice to my friends. I am kind to myself. I choose kind words when I speak. I am kind to everyone in my family. I am kind to all living creatures. I am considerate of other people feelings. I help my parents with work around the house., etc….), affirmations relating to difficult situations kids commonly face (ex: I don’t let bullies bother me, if they do I tell an adult I can trust. I know that some kids won’t like me and that’s okay. It is okay to fail sometimes, that just means I need to learn more and try again. I can be angry without hurting people of things. , etc….), affirmations that inspire kids to work hard & have confidence (ex: I try my best and don’t give up. I am proud of who I am and all that I have learned. I stay focused on my projects. I enjoy learning new things. I can be great when I put my mind to it. I am confident in myself. I am patient with myself as I learn new things. etc….) and affirmations that inspire feelings of love (ex: I am loved and very loveable. I am very important to my family. I am happy to be me., etc….).

I used the plush star & cards during relaxation in OMazing Kids yoga with our inpatients at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities last week (where I work full-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist). I picked out cards that related to the story and activities we did in yoga that day. It’s important for affirmations to make sense & are more meaningful when used in context. The kids enjoyed practicing deep breathing with the star on their belly. Then each child took a card out of the pocket and read it aloud or I read it to them and they imitated saying it. Affirmations can be especially powerful for kids with special needs since they can often feel that something is wrong or needs to be “fixed” in them.

Available for purchase: http://www.etsy.com/listing/105242689/star-pillow-and-daily-whisper-cards-for

Affirmation Cards also available separately at: http://www.etsy.com/listing/97429411/inspirational-cards-for-kids

Here are a few pics of things she created for other kids yoga folks:

I like how large the eyes & rosy cheeks are on this star!

And love the idea of using a patterned fabric on the back! You can get them with or without a pocket, with or without a name, bundled with the affirmation cards or without the cards….. Lots of custom options…. you can e-mail Barbara to find out all the specifics: Barbara@bslcreations.com.

See lots of pics of her custom creations on her blog at: http://dailywhisperblog.blogspot.com/http://dailywhisperblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/yoga-for-kids.html

Her Etsy Shops: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DailyWhisper & http://www.etsy.com/shop/CuddleWumkins. Barbara is working on a website that will put everything together on one site….. so stay tuned on her blog & FB page for updates on that.

Disclaimer: I purchased the affirmation cards at full price. I received a small discount on the custom plush star.  Opinions expressed are my own.

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

Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center (http://www.jdmc.org/)

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

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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Earth Day Giveaway from Your True Nature

Want some fun eco-friendly products to use in your kids yoga classes? Then check out Your True Nature!

Your True Nature has over 150 eco-friendly “Advice from Nature” gifts available on their website and in shops across the US.

Here is a “sneek peek” at a few of my favorite Your True Nature products…

My very favorite item is their Advice from Nature Mini-Cards Tin – you get a tin of 72 mini illustrated cards (1″ x 3″) each containing heart-tickling wisdom from nature. I have a set at my desk and pick a card each morning to get my “Advice from Nature” for that day.  I also have a set to use in OMazing Kids yoga classes. We pick a card and do a yoga pose or activity inspired by the card 🙂

A few of my other favorite Your True Nature products:

Gotta love their fun bookmarks! They have bunches to choose from….. here a couple of my faves:

 

Love these great mini-books to use with older kids or teens……

 

Here is a free kids yoga lesson plan that I wrote for Your True Nature inspired by “Advice from a River” : kids yoga lesson plan inspired by advice from a river – your true nature (2 page PDF). It is also available on the Your True Nature website, along with other lesson plans, at: http://www.yourtruenature.com/yoga.

Website: http://www.yourtruenature.com/

Sign up for free materials at: http://www.yourtruenature.com/free-nature-materials 

Free screensavers at: http://www.yourtruenature.com/downloadable-screensavers

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

Want to enter for a chance to win a $60.00 shopping spree on the True Nature website? ($50.00 of products + $10.00 to cover shipping).

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using the Your True Nature products with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using the Your True Nature products with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address to confirm that you live in the USA – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on April 20, 2012.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • 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 April 21, 2012.
  • The winner will get a discount code via e-mail for $60.00 from Your True Nature. The winner will be able to use the code to purchase ~$50.00 of products & ~10.00 of shipping on the Your True Nature website. Any questions about how to use the discount code will be answered by Your True Nature.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If a winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s e-mail address will be forwarded to the company and they will be e-mailing the discount code directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $60.00

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just eco-friendly nature-inspired products 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, LLC 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, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC 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.

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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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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3…2…1…. Blastoff! Ideas for an Outer Space Kids Yoga Class

Want some fun ideas for an Outer Space kids yoga class?

We recently had a great discussion on the OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page and lots of cool ideas were shared. I’m saving them here on the blog so folks will be able to find the info more easily.

Updates: Here is my new playlist for Outer Space & Star Wars themed yoga

Update 2/17/13: New song added to my “space” playlist. “Rocket Ship” by Bari Koral: http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Ship/dp/B007U2LKLO 

See an album of pics of ideas on FB: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga#!/media/set/?set=a.342172392500439.95278.174264525957894&type=3 (new pics added frequently)

Here are the ideas folks shared:

Laurea Palmantier Hello! Just wondering if anyone has some ideas on outer space themed yoga? Thank you!

Kara Best Oh my yoga kids love when we go to outer space! We use chair pose as our rocket and I let the kids take turns counting down fm 5 to blast off where we come out of chair with a lil jump. We ‘land’ on the moon (crescent moon pose), twinkling stars (supine or standing, touch opposite hand to foot), saturn (group pose holding hands, leaning back), mars (lots to do with aliens ie inversions or make up their own shape as examples), space rocks (childs pose) and more I end resting on clouds.

Alicia Fry LaGrassa Loving the ideas…Kara has good ones, and I like the Star Wars idea as well. I was just pondering this last week, and I jotted down to use “Rocketship Run” by Laurie Berkner. (And there’s a countdown to blastoff for Kara!)

Laura Fuller Something anti gravity. And moonwalking.

YogaBugs North & East London See the YogaBugs Fun Zone at www.yogabugs.com. We have a free Intergalactic Space Adventure to download plus a colouring-in sheet to go with it. (Note: See the info below for a direct link to that info on their website).

Garland Caz Rainbow kids yoga has also got ideas about space x (Note: See the info below for a direct link).
Nancy Williams I use helicopter to fly and everyone takes a turn discussing just where, in outer space, they will travel.  We have also done any moving pose in incredibly slow motion, i.e. yoga walk, warrior, cat, triangle, etc.  A guided imagery geared to this theme is also well received and eye bags become moon goggles.
Jeanette Runnings We do a rocket taking off by squating down and then jump pu to blast off.  Sun breaths, star pose, moon pose(side stretch) half moon (if older kids), moon rock pose(child’s pose) Falling star pose -shifting weight to each foot.
OMazing Kids Yoga ‎- Nancy Williams shared this guided imagery script today….. reposting here so everyone in this discussion thread will see it:
MISSION PEACE – Today is an important day and you feel excitement growing inside of you. Taking a deep breath through your nose you begin to feel calm and more focused. Today you will travel with your fellow astronauts into outer space.   You slip one leg and then the other into a silver jumpsuit that has been selected as your official uniform for your travel. You fall in line with your team and find yourself walking through the exit door and down a ramp towards the shuttle. You climb the steps that have been placed in front of the shuttle and wave at the people that have gathered to watch the blast off.   Inside the shuttle you see a circle of seats and you land in the nearest one. You slip one shoulder and then the other into the harness seat belt that will secure you in this powerful take off. You look in front of you and notice the floor is a window and you will be able to view the entire landscape around you during your travel.   The intercom announces your departure and the four… three… two…one…launch has become a reality. You feel the power of the release as you are sent into the atmosphere and find yourself looking at the earth as if it were a pea. You see the light change as you move into outer space and take a deep breath to calm your ever- growing excitement.   You now see particles of light, chards of meteor and a darker horizon. The atmosphere has shifted and you observe a hair comb float by you. Your team member laughs as he realizes he forgot to take his comb out of his pocket before entering the shuttle. You know your trip will be short as time is reduced when you travel this fast. You look forward to your mission.   Stars are around you now and there are wifts of hazy matter you are not familiar with. The area is dark and you realize you have traveled far beyond the earth’s orbit.   The intercom informs you that you will soon be landing on your destination and you take yet another breath to calm your building anticipation. You feel the landing and are instructed to release your harness, move into the outer chamber and suit up for your mission. It is only ten steps to the exit and you begin to move. As you place the outer-wear over your jumpsuit you find that you are weightless and must move slowly in order to keep your balance. You place the helmet with oxygen over your head and as the inner chamber door locks you step through the opening outer exit. Out into a world that is unfamiliar and resembles a mystical version of your planet earth. You have been chosen to place the flag into the crust of this new planet and you begin to do so with the support of your team. You stand back and admire the design that has been developed for this mission and notice the colorful symbol and letters warm your heart. Each letter has been carefully designed to put the intention of your mission into the energy of this place. You smile, and know that the PEACE you have chosen to represent this mission will generate the intention of the entire planet earth. Peace, shanti, the message we all wish to place into our future.   Feeling complete and content you move with the small team back through the shuttle door and decompress in the inner chamber. Removing your suits, you move back into the inner shuttle where you secure your seat belts and prepare for the return voyage.   Taking a deep breath you now relax and know you have made a contribution to the world and can feel proud of your mission. The Peace shuttle lifts and propels from the new found planet to carry you home.
Laurea Palmantier Pure Awesome! “Once Upon a  Pose” by Donna Freeman has a space adventure story in her book as well. Thank you everyone!

A fun outer space kids yoga lesson plan & free coloring page from YogaBugs Ltd: http://www.yogabugs.com/images/YogaBugs%20-%20An%20Intergalactic%20Adventure.pdf & http://www.yogabugs.com/images/YogaBugs-Colouring-In-Space-Mission.pdf

A fun outer space kids yoga lesson plan from Rainbow Kids Yoga: http://yoganomics.net/2010/06/holiday-vacation-in-outer-space/

Love this from Cyn Narcisi Illustration! http://cynnarcisi.blogspot.com/2010/01/yoga-is-good-for-artists-and-jedi.html And check out: http://cynnarcisi.blogspot.com/2010/07/yoga-with-yoda-how-to-do-virabhadrasana.html (PDF: http://www.cynnarcisi.com/YOGA_Yoda_W2.pdf)

All the Star Wars Yoga pics are from: http://robosborne.net/shop. Also check out a video of the pics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJgDgm6orU4

Hilarious Star Wars inspired yoga YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZLXQyF58i8

“Yoga Warriors” yoga pose card deck from Radiant Child Yoga!  I have them and boys, especially those with a facination for Star Wars, Power Rangers and/or Transformers, etc… love them 🙂 http://store.childrensyoga.com/Yoga-Warriors-Cards-p/yoga%20warriors%20cards.htm

“Roaring Rockets” by Tony Mitton will be fun to use with an Outer Space kids yoga theme 🙂 Here’s a peek inside the book: http://www.amazon.com/Roaring-Rockets-Amazing-Machines-Mitton/dp/0753453053#reader_0753453053

Coloring Page: http://icoloringpages.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpapers/Space-Ship-Coloring-Page.gif  (links to several more fun coloring pages: http://www.squidoo.com/space-coloring-pages2)

(Update 7/3/13: Check out the Cosmic Kids website for a fun new lesson plan inspired by the book “Aliens Love Underpants”: http://www.cosmickids.co.uk/aliens-love-underpants-a-kids-yoga-class-plan/)

Have more ideas that you would like to share for “Outer Space” kids yoga? Feel free to comment below 🙂

Looking for “Robot-Themed” kids yoga ideas? Check out this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2013/02/02/robot-themed-kids-yoga-lesson-plan-ideas/

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

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

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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