This activity is lots of fun with a small group of children!
First: teach /review a series of yoga poses with children - perhaps ones you have been practicing with them for some time. I find that children often know many of them because yoga is officially part of the Ontario School Curriculum and so many children get a taste of yoga at school.
Some of the favourite poses that I use for this activity are:
- downward dog
Or you can brainstorm with children a list of poses that they know. You can then write the poses on a large piece of flipchart paper for the children to see. Then let the storytelling begin!Each time a yoga pose is said, the children all do that pose.
I will start the story somehow often with, "Once upon a time, there was a_________" and ask for the children to fill in the blanks. We then continue with this as a story emerges. For younger children, I fill in more of the action content in between the poses and allow them to call out the poses. For example, "Once upon a time, there was a_________. The ___________ thought that it might be a nice day to go to the ______________."
For older children, I say less and give them the chance to make up a whole sentence with action content and a new pose. "Once upon a time, there was a_________. The ___________ was _________________________."
I have found that the children then LOVE to share their creation with their parents in the form of a little skit (re-telling of the story).