Last week, I was trying to figure out what activity to do with my littlest preschool yogis. I almost always need 2 lesson plans…one for the 2 to 3 year olds and one for the 4 and up classes. I only have 15 to 20 minutes with the littlest kids, so I don’t have to have a big elaborate plan. Usually we come in, sing our song, do some animal sound OM centering, breathwork, one activity and that’s it…Namaste.
Keeping the littlest yogis engaged can be tricky sometimes. I knew I wanted to use a song…something catchy and repetitive that they already knew. This was perfect! I am pretty sure I am not the first one to do this, but didn’t find it anywhere else and wanted to share…
THE ANTS GO MARCHING
We sang the song without the music because sometimes things end up going too fast for the little guys. We marched in a circle and clapped with the beat, coming down into the poses as described below:The ants go marching 1 by 1, hurrah, hurrah! The ants go marching 1 by 1, hurrah, hurrah!
The ants go marching 1 by 1, the little one stops to suck his thumb,
and they all go marching down…to the ground…to get out..of the rain. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM.
1×1….the little one stops to suck his thumb…CHILD’S POSE
2×2…the little one stops to tie his shoe…LOW LUNGE OR DRAGON POSE
3×3…the little one stops to climb a tree…TREE POSE
4×4…the little one stops to shut the door…STAR POSE TO MOUNTAIN CLAPPING HANDS OVERHEAD (like a jumping jack…to make the sound of the door shutting)
5×5…the little one stops to take a dive…SWAN DIVE FROM MOUNTAIN TO RAG DOLL
6×6…the little one stops to pick up sticks…LAY ON THE FLOOR ON THE BELLY STRAIGHT AS POSSIBLE LIKE A STICK.
7×7…the little one stops to pray to heaven…MOUNTAIN POSE HANDS IN ANJALI MUDRA (you may have to make up a different verse if you are in a public school.)
8×8…the little one stops to shut the gate…GATE POSE(both sides)
9×9…the little one stops to get out of line…LINE POSE OR WARRIOR 3 (both sides)
10×10…the little one stops to do it again…WE STOPPED HERE(you could make something up if you like)
It kept them engaged for all 10 verses. I was prepared to stop at 5 or so and start something new if I was losing them, but I didn’t need to. It worked! Whew!
Click HERE for PDF version of Ants Go Marching Activity.
This activity could be used in combination with the book Hey Little Ant to develop an ant themed class or a kid-friendly class focused on ahimsa or nonviolence. You could also use this as a part of a picnic themed class with ChildLight’s Picnic Game. So many options. This is one reason why I love to teach kids’ yoga so much…CREATIVITY!