Back to School: Labor Day Yoga for Kids

Back to School also means a day off with family to honor the economic and social contributions of workers in our communities for Labor Day.  The United States Department of Labor defines this special day as:

“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

What better way to celebrate this special holiday then through Labor Day Yoga.  What occupations can you create yoga poses for?

Shop Yoga Books for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesThe yoga sequence below is to spark your imagination, but feel free to use your creativity and create your own poses.

Labor Day Yoga Poses Inspired by Occupations


Zoo Keeper
Giraffe – Extended Mountain Pose
(Stand tall in Mountain Pose, look up, and reach your arms up to the sky like the neck of the giraffe.)

Tree Planter
Tree – Tree Pose
(Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh, and balance.  Sway like a tree.)

Dog Walker
Dog – Downward-Facing Dog Pose
(Step back to hands and feet with your buttocks high like an upside-down “V”, and bark like a dog.)

Professional Surfer
Surfboard – Plank Pose
(Come to a plank on your hands and toes like a surfboard.)

Cow – Cow Pose
(On all fours, look up, open your chest, and arch your back.)

Cat – Cat Pose
(On all fours, tuck your chin into your chest, and round your back.)

Train Driver
Train – Staff Pose
(Sit with a tall spine with your legs straight out in front of you, and use your hands to mimic the wheels of the train going around and around.)


Bridge – Bridge Pose
(Come to lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground, rest your arms down alongside your body, tuck your chin into your chest, and lift up your buttocks to create a bridge.)


Flower – Flower Pose
(Come to sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, lift up your legs, balance on your sitting bones, touch the soles of your feet together, and weave your arms under your legs.)


Book – Cobbler’s Pose
(Sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, bend your legs, place the soles of your feet together, and gently flap your wings like a butterfly.)


Baby – Happy Baby Pose
(Lie on your back with your chin tucked in, hug your knees into your chest, then grab the outer part of your feet with both of your hands, and rock like a happy baby.)


Star – Resting Pose
(Lie on your back with your arms and legs stretched out.  Breathe and rest.)

For yoga pose picture and descriptions, see the List of Kids Yoga Poses.

Download a printable version of this kids yoga sequence.

Labor Day Yoga: occupation-inspired yoga poses for kids to get chlidren learning and moving on this special day -- Kids Yoga Stories

 Our daughter in Plank Pose like a Surfboard

Kids Activities for Labor Day

  • Interview a professional worker and share what you learned with your family and friends.
  • Invite a guest speaker to your classroom to talk about the workplace and their job.
  • Ask your mom, dad, or other close family member about their work.  Join them at work one day.
  • Write from the story starter, “I want to be a … because …”
  • Pick a specific job and research how that job is similar or different in various countries around the world.
  • Research the history of Labor Day.
  • Host a Labor Day Parade and dress up in your favorite profession.
  • Celebrate the end of summer and mark Labor Day as the beginning of a new school year.
  • Assign Community Helpers in your classroom and define your roles.
  • Discuss what “jobs” you have in your household.  Think about each of your responsibilities.
  • Create a project where you actually earn money for a product or service.  For example, host a bake sale at your school or design a product that your friends would want to purchase.
  • Research if Labor Day is celebrated around the world.  What are the similarities and differences of the celebrations?
  • Write Thank You cards to workers in your community who play an important role.  For example, teacher, librarian, police officer, doctor, fire fighter, garbage collector, dentist, baker, or mail carrier.
  • Create a large mural with paintings of characters from various professions.
  • Pick a profession and research what “tools” that person needs to get the work done.  For example, a teacher needs books and pencils, while a baker needs an oven and ingredients.
  • Make an Alphabet Book with a list of jobs and occupations.  Can you fill every letter with a job title?

Other Kids Yoga Ideas for Labor Day

This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Our favorite CD for kids yoga is Kira Willey’s Dance for the Sun.  One of her songs, Let’s Go to Work, would be perfect for honoring Labor Day.

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One of the first yoga books I came across while living in Sydney was Baron Baptiste’s My Daddy is a Pretzel.  I especially love the title of this book as my husband is a human pretzel and I am stiff as a board.

Yoga Book for Parents and Kids


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