ST. PATRICK’S DAY kids yoga ideas
St. Patrick’s Day folklore and traditions offer us so many opportunities for imaginative play. Leprachauns, four leaf clovers, and pots of gold…the stuff dreams are made of. The kids really get into this holiday and it is a fabulous chance to tie in some life lessons about luck and sharing. There are some really good ideas floating around out there about how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in kids yoga classes. Here are some of my ideas incorporated into a partial lesson plan with some other really good ideas that I found online…
ST PATRICK’S DAY LESSON PLAN
Five little leprechauns scurrying by my door (Mountain Pose)
One jumped away, then there were four.
Four little leprechauns climbing in my tree, (Tree pose)
One hid in the green leaves, then there were three.
Three little leprechauns, just a busy few,
One went for a pot of gold (Bow pose), then there were two.
Two little leprechauns, having lots of fun,
One hopped over the rainbow (Slide pose or reverse plank), then there was one.
One little leprechaun, with all his work done,
He slipped off for a nap (crocodile pose), then there were none.
- 5 Little Leprechauns Warm-up
(I found this poem online and added poses…Author Unknown)
- These are some of the poses I plan to use:
Bow (pot of gold)
- Maybe a game of Leprechaun Says (Simon Says) with poses. I even have the crazy St. Patty’s Day hat for the leprechaun to wear.
- Magic scratch shamrock craft from Oriental Trading. I love scratching these things! Sometimes I want to put the craft together myself, sometimes I just want easy!
Close your eyes. Breathe deep. Big breath in…let it out. Feel your body getting heavier each time you let all of the air out of your lungs. Keeping your eyes closed, look around you. You are in the most beautiful place. It is lush and green, with rolling hills. You notice houses…really, really small houses all around you. Pink houses, yellow houses…so many different colors. You wonder where you are. You look at the ground. The green grass is not grass at all, but entirely made of four leaf clovers. A rainbow shines bright overhead. Little people start to come out from behind little trees and show themselves to you…Leprechauns everywhere! They seem so happy and free. You have heard they are a bit tricky so you wonder what they have planned for you. They invite you to join them for the day…to be a LEPRECHAUN! What good-natured tricks will you play? Will you share your pot of gold? Who will you share it with? Who will you help? Feel how good it feels to help someone. The rainbow begins to fade into the distance. Your day as a leprechaun is coming to a close. Take a big deep breath in and let it out. Slowly moving fingers and toes, open your eyes.
- St. Patrick’s Day Relaxation:
- If time allows, I would like to have them draw a picture of what they saw with their eyes closed during relaxation. I ordered these cool rainbow crayons for this purpose.
May joy and peace surround you,
- Click HERE for a PDF of this lesson plan.
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!
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