Saturday, November 17, 2012

YogaKiddos Lesson Plan Winner Results. OMazing Kids Lesson Plan Contest

Back in October, I submitted my lesson plan for kids yoga to OMazing Kids website, and voting on facebook occurred and my friends on facebook and YOU came through and my lesson plan won!  Thank you!

 Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Contest on OMazing Kids

Go over to the facebook site to see the set of lesson plans submitted, print and put into your folders for future reference to use in teaching kiddos yoga.  Great stuff!

Yoga Kids Lesson Plans to view, print out and use in classes


As part of my winning the contest Angela would help me with figuring out another lesson plan for me to use with the kiddos.   The “Prize”: The winning lesson plan will be announced on the OMazing Kids blog with the entire lesson plan text & picture(s), author’s name, website, Facebook page & other social media page links included. It will be announced & shared on all the OMazing Kids social media sites and your Facebook page will be “tagged” and folks will be encouraged to go “like” your page (think of it as a social media blitz to help promote your website & social media sites). The winner will also have the opportunity to receive a custom made visual support and story props made by me to go with their lesson plan and consultation regarding inclusion of kids with special needs. The details for that will be handled via e-mail correspondence with me.

So I selected the book Animalia by Graeme Base.  My friend Tammy Miller, gave Grace this book as a gift, and I quickly saw that this book had great potential to be used in a YogaKiddos class.  I gave Angela of OMazing Kids Yoga a crack at it to see what she could come up with.  Here are her list of suggested yoga poses, based on the contents of the book.

  • Armadillo or Horrible Harry Hogs (rock and roll)
  • Alligator (alligator)
  • Blue Butterflies (butterfly)
  • Babbling Brook (waterfall)
  • Crimsom Cats (cat)
  • Crusty Crayfish (crab)
  • Diabolical Dragons (dragon breath)
  • Elephant (elephant)
  • Easter Eggs (child’s pose)
  • Fat Frogs (frog)
  • Fish (fish)
  • Green Gorilla's (thymus chest taps)
  • Grapes (a cluster of child’s pose)
  • Harnessed Horses (donkey kicks)
  • Ingenious Iguanas (plank)
  • Musical instruments (could incorporate kids following beat of drumming or tapping rythym sticks)
  • Jovial Jackals (Up Dog)
  • Quails, Kookaburra or Vulture (bird)
  • Kangaroo (self hug like in a pouch)
  • Koala (tree – eucalyptus trees)
  • Lazy Lions (lion)
  • Library (turning legs in easy pose like pages in a book)
  • Meticulous Mice (extended child’s pose)
  • Mathematical Messages (standing star to be a multiplication sign)
  • Old Ostrich (forward bend like hiding head in sand)
  • Onion Omelette (stir the pot to mix the ingredients)
  • Proud Peacocks (seated angle)
  • Rickety Red Rickshaws (wheelbarrow – but only if the kids are old enough to do this safely as partners)
  • Six Slithering Snakes (cobra)
  • Two Tigers (cat with leg extended for tail + roar)
  • Train to Timbuktu (choo-choo breath)
  • Wicked Warrior Wasps (Warrior 1)
  • Wildly waving warlike weapons (Warrior 2)
Then I needed to show her some specific pages to get more ideas for some of these pages in the book.
  • Newts (boat pose)
  • Rex Fox Fixing Six Sax (could do blowing – bubbles, pom poms, etc. since you blow the instrument to play it.)
  • Yaks Yodelling in Yellow Yaughts (maybe a yodeling breath?)
 And Angela's suggestion for multiple items on a page. "When there are multiple things on a page I typically just do poses or breathing for the ones that match up the best..... especially for a book that has as much as this in it."

This book will get several YogaKiddos classes out of it since it has so much great graphics on the page!

Thanks Angela!  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thank you! I won the Yoga Lesson plan for Kids. Thanks for your vote!

“Using Books to Practice Kids Yoga” by Gail Pickens-Barger – winning entry in the Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Contest on OMazing Kids


Congratulations to Gail Pickens-Barger for “Using Books to Practice Kids Yoga” – the winning entry in the Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Contest on OMazing Kids!


Lesson Plan: http://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/using-books-to-practice-kids-yoga-gail-pickens-barger-yogakiddos-with-gaileee.pdf
Supply List: http://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/using-books-to-practice-kids-yoga-gail-pickens-barger-yogakiddos-with-gaileee-supply-list.pdf
Please head over to “like” her Facebook page at: YogaKiddos with Gaileee (http://www.facebook.com/YogaKiddos), follow her on Twitter at:  http://www.twitter.com/YogaWithGaileee & check out her blog at: http://yogakiddos.blogspot.com/
I LOVED all the lesson plan entries! See all of them in this album on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. There is a link to the PDF of each lesson plan on each pic:

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Please also head over to “like” each of these Facebook pages as thanks for them taking the time to share their ideas with us!