Welcome to the fourth post in our monthly series co-hosted by Spanish Playground: Learn Spanish and Kids Yoga through Books. The Kids Yoga Stories blog features books on a particular theme along with matching yoga sequences. On the Spanish Playground site, you’ll find the sequences in Spanish, along with other fun, creative activities to go along with the books. This month’s theme is THE FARM.
My daughter loves animals. And she loves yoga. So naturally, we did a few farm animals yoga poses before our recent trip to a local farm. At the farm, we saw a cow, a sheep, a goat, chickens, pigs, bunnies, a cat, and a dog. She loves acting out the farm animals and imitating their sounds. Practicing yoga is a fun, family-friendly, indoor activity that is especially beneficial during these winter months.
Farm Animals and Kids Yoga
You can also practice farm animal yoga poses with books. A fabulous book about farm animals is A Farmer’s Life for Me by Jan Dobbins and Laura Huliska-Beith. And it’s also available in Spanish! As you read the book together, try using kids yoga poses to act out the farm animals in the book. Feel free to use your imagination and make up your own poses, as well.
Farm Animals Yoga
Cow – Cow Pose
(On all fours, look up, open your chest, and arch your back. Moo!)
Hen – Squat Pose
(Come down to a squat, bend your elbows, and flap your wings like a chicken. Cluck cluck!)
Cherry 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. Swoosh!)
Pig – 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 roll like a pig in mud. Oink oink!)
Sheep – Cat Pose
(On all fours, tuck your chin into your chest and round your back. Baa baa!)
Horse – Three-Legged Dog Pose
(Step back to hands and feet, like an upside-down V, and gently lift one leg at a time. Slowly kick up like a horse. Switch legs and repeat the pose. Neigh!)
We hope you enjoyed your pretend farm visit through yoga poses inspired by farm animals. Which was your favorite pose?
Other Books on Farm Animals
Old MacDonald had a Farm, illustrated by Mandy Foot
We especially love the Australian version of this popular song. Along with the usual farm animals common in North America, you’ll also find an emu, a kangaroo, a cockatoo, and a kookaburra. You could act out any version of the Old MacDonald book, too.
A Year at a Farm, by Nicholas Harris
I bought this book recently for our long plane ride. Each of the eight pages shows small illustrations of year-round farm activities. Our daughter loves the intricate pictures. My favorite one is an image of a man lying on a mat while fixing his motorcycle. My daughter thinks he is practicing yoga! Find other titles in the Time Goes By series, like a day at the zoo, airport, city, or a year in a construction site, castle, and pirate ship.
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Spanish Language Activities for Farm Animals Book
Visit Spanish Playground for language activities to go with Vivamos la granja by Jan Dobbins and Laura Huliska-Beith. Activities include rhyming words, counting items, discussing word families, playing with farm animal toys, and working with picture card games. The suggested activities could be done in English, as well.
Also, check out how to act out “Juancho Pancho” (“Old MacDonald”) through kids yoga poses.
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