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Be a Bubble a mindfulness game that I play with my younger aged yoga students. This game is perfect for kids ages 2-5 years old and they love this mindfulness game. It also teaches them body awareness and respecting one another’s personal space.
This game is a lot of fun because kids get to pretend, they get to move their bodies in good and healthy ways, plus you get to incorporate bubbles which is always a good time!
First introduce Bubble Breath or Bubble Breathing. Have kids think about how they would blow a big bubble. They will need to breathe in and then they exhale. They’re going to pretend to blow a big bubble. The greater the exhale then they are going to have and the bigger bubble!
Have the children move their hands and arms to show how they are blowing the bubble and how big it gets. So breathe in then they’re blowing the bubble. And that is a great way to practice breathing exercises with be a bubble.
After Bubble Breathing, it is time to get the kids moving! Have a Bubble Dance! Play music, use real bubbles, and blow them into the center of the dance floor.
Let the kids dance and try to stomp on the bubbles. Let them try to catch them on their hand, on their elbow, on their knee, on their foot, on their head, on their nose, let them try to catch bubbles on different places and body parts. They love this!
After the Bubble Breathing and the Bubble Dance, it is time to bring down the energy a little bit. and play the Mindfulness Game with Be a Bubble. I would tell the children that they have already played with bubbles and they know what happens if we are too rough with it. It pops!
Now it is time to pretend to be a bubble. We don’t want our bubble to pop, so everyone needs to blow up their bubble really big. Now let’s put ourselves into it. Be very careful! Now everyone needs to walk very mindfully and carefully around the room.
Play some slower music, quieter music and I would demonstrate tiptoeing and moving quietly. I don’t want my bubble to pop, I don’t want to bump into anyone or anything, I want to be mindful of my own space.
This is also a great way to teach kids about being mindful of their own bodies, their personal space and other people’s personal space.
When the music stops, have the kids stay “inside their bubble. It is time to make a yoga pose. So this is tons of fun and it’s a great way to practice both mindfulness and yoga poses. So some great ones for kids, I would have from our Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards which include 40 kid-friendly yoga poses and games.
Call out the pose that everyone can make and show the corresponding Yoga Pose Card Visual. For example, “Everyone moves into Chair Pose. The kids would very carefully make their Chair Pose inside their Bubble. They must be careful not to be too rough, as they don’t want their bubble to pop.
Now we are going to go into a Tree Pose and the kids would practice holding that pose “inside their bubble”.
Next turn the music would turn on again and the children would resume moving around carefully and trying not letting their bubble pop.
This is a great game to bring the energy level back down, bring mindfulness back in and the younger kids love this.
Alphabet Yoga is a great mental and physical game. It’s a wonderful way to practice different yoga poses and it really gets kids thinking creatively.
Kids don’t need to have lots of experience with yoga poses to be able to play this game. It’s one that they can use their creativity and use their imagination.
How to Play Alphabet Yoga
You can play this with ages five and up. You can do this with 1 child, 15 or 20! Alphabet Yoga is very flexible on the numbers of players.
I use the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cardsfor this game. You don’t need to have the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards but it is nice to have a visual for the kids with yoga poses and helps if they get stuck.
Have everyone sit in a circle.
The first child takes the first letter of the alphabet which is A. They must come up with a yoga pose or make one up that starts up with A. The child may choose Airplane Pose. Everyone says A Airplane Pose and they practice it.
Then the next child in the circle has one. This child could say; Boat Pose, Butterfly Pose,Bird Pose, etc.. Everyone then practices the B letter pose.
Next they go on to letter C. There’s a lot of good C yoga words. You could practice Cat Pose, Cobra Pose, Cow Pose would work, if you really want to up the game with kids and make it very challenging you could do Crow Pose.
All Aboard the Stilly Train: Yoga Game for Children
Hello, are you ready to play a fun game that kids love because they get to act very silly? Find your Free Yoga Games Guide below and get ready to follow along and play! It is time to jump aboard the Silly Train: Yoga Game for Children.
Have all of the students line up behind the leader in one straight line.
The leader shows the selected yoga pose and ever everyone practices it.
When the leader is ready to start, they will lead the train around the room.
The passengers or people following will dance or move as silly as they can, while staying in line
When the leader turns around, everyone must instantly go into the selected pose. Take turns by changing train leaders.
This is lots of fun and the kids love the opportunity to just be silly while moving their bodies.
Play some music for added fun.
Change up the Yoga Poses to keep everyone on their toes while learning and practicing a variety of poses.
Adults make sure you join in as well (even when you are not the leader). Kids love to see you be silly too!
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Plow Pass Relay is a favorite yoga game for children! Although this exercise does involve moving your arms and legs, it is also about firing up your core and using those deep muscles that wrap around your sides and spine.
Core strength is important in all that we do and this is true for children as well. Your core stabilizes your body which helps with balance and mobility which is especially important as we age.
Kids don’t care about this as much though! They just enjoy this fun exercises that can be done by themselves, with a partner, or in a small group.
How to Play Plow Pass Relay: Yoga Game for Kids
Teach the children how to safely how to do Plow Pose.
Next, have the children make two lines. The first person at the front of the line puts the ball between their feet and moves into Plow Pose.
The child then passes the ball (or yoga block) backward to the child behind them.
The ball continues to be passed until the last person has taken a turn.
Sit in a circle. The first person puts the ball between their feet and goes into Boat Pose.
The child then passes the ball to the child next to by only moving their feet.
The ball continues to be passed around the circle.
Often times children try to lay on their back while they pass the ball. I like to say, “no sinking ships!” It is important to remember that the main benefits of this game are to increase core strength, practice teamwork and have fun!
It is fun to try a variety of different sized balls while playing Plow Pass Relay. Beach balls are always a favorite!
Plow Pass Relay is a favorite yoga game for children and one that is a wonderful core strengthener. Adults, when you play this game with children you will definitely be feeling it the next day in your midsection!
Although this game and exercise does involve moving your arms and legs, it is really about the core and will fire up those deep muscles that wrap around your sides and spine.
Core strength is so important in all that we do and this is true for children as well. Your core stabilizes your body which helps with balance and mobility which is especially important as we age.
Kids don’t care about this as much though! They just enjoy this fun game can be done by themselves, with a partner, or in a small group.
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Princess Tiptoe begins by putting a finger to their lips and whispering: “shh! Here comes Prince Tiptoe” as they tiptoe around the room.
When the players are tapped by Prince Tiptoe they join in a line behind the Prince, tiptoeing at the same speed.
When all of the players are in line, Prince Tiptoe slows the movement and turns to the player directly behind them and says, “shh.”
The Player behind should quickly tiptoe back to their original spot and go back into Child’s Pose.
This continues until all of the players have returned to their spots.
This is great for transitioning from a noisy, loud active group game to a quieter time for younger children. I love to use this game as a simple and effective transition into Stillness and Savasana at the end of our yoga class.