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Weather Activities for Kids Yoga

Where’s the snow? This time last year, we were covered in six feet of snow!

This winter, Mother Nature brought us a plethora of weather, including heavy rain, light snow, hailstorms, blustery winds, bright sunshine, and dramatic thunderstorms. So we didn’t get out the winter books for kids this year. Instead, we filled my daughter’s book display with weather books.

And of course, you know what I’m going to say – why not act out various types of weather through yoga poses for kids! Learning through movement is our magical recipe for active educational experiences.

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First, take out your weather books. We found more than forty children’s books about weather at the library, and below are our favorite:

WEATHER
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett
This book was my daughter’s favorite weather book, and I used to read it in my primary classrooms. The weather in the town of Chewandswallow brings weather three times a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to serve up food for its residents. Kids find it hilarious!

SNOW
Blizzard, by John Rocco
This is a true story of the blizzard of 1978 in New England, where families were stuck at home for days. We enjoyed this book because we had our first blizzard experience last year, and we used the book to remember it.

SNOW, by Sam Usher
I loved this book. The story builds anticipation as a young boy is waiting patiently for his grandfather to get ready so they can be the first to play in the freshly fallen snow. A great book to talk to children about patience!

LadyBug Girl and the Big Snow, by David Soman and Jacky Davis
We are big fans of the LadyBug Girl series, and this one is no exception. This story is about looking on the bright side of life.

Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows?, by Liza Gardner Walsh and Hazel Mitchell
My daughter and I discovered this book at Christmastime at a local museum where trees were decorated using ideas from a book. My daughter loves fairies, so this cute rhyming book is a hit.

RAIN
Toad Weather, by Sandra Markle and Thomas Gonzalez
This book’s illustrations are stunning. They are like real pictures of a girl, her mom, and grandmother. The mom takes them on an adventure through the rainy streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to see the toad migration.

I Love the Rain, by Margaret Park Bridges and Christine Davenier
In this simple story, a girl shows her friend how to love the rain. This is a perfect book for preschoolers who may need a little convincing of the beauty of rain.

The Umbrella, by Jan Brett
We love all of Jan Brett’s books. This story follows a boy who puts down his umbrella while in search of rainforest animals on a rainy day in the cloud forest. Meanwhile, a group of animals all huddle together in the abandoned umbrella.

WIND
Hairy Maclary’s Hat Tricks, by Lynley Dodd
My daughter enjoys all the silly rhyming Hairy Maclary books. This one follows Hairy Maclary, the dog, as he tries to play with a Frisbee in the wind and ends up catching a ladies hat instead.

The Wind Blew, by Pat Hutchins
This charming book shows how a group of townspeople lose their things in the blustery wind. My daughter screeched with laughter throughout the whole book.

SUN
Sun Bread, by Elisa Kleven
The bright, engaging illustrations in this book are wonderful. The story is set in an animal village, where the dog baker likes to bake sun bread to feed the sun. It’s a very sweet story.

You are My Sunshine, by Steve Metzger and Jill Dubin
I’ve been singing this song to my daughter since she was born. She still asks for this book, and it’s a great way to cuddle up to read together.

 

Once you have your weather books out, brainstorm various types of weather words (or age-appropriate vocabulary), like:

clouds, barometer, dew, rain, sunshine, lightning, hurricane, blizzard, breeze, flooding, foggy,
wind, muggy, meteorologist, precipitation, rainbow, air pressure, and tornado.

My daughter and I made a rain stick and a wind stock. Next, we’re going to make a barometer.

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Weather Yoga Poses for Kids

Now, act out different types of weather through yoga poses for kids. Invent your own weather yoga poses or try these six yoga poses for kids below (yoga pose images are taken from our Yoga Poses for Kids Cards):

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1. Sunny – Extended Mountain Pose

Stand tall in Mountain Pose, inhale, look up, take your arms straight up to the sky, and say hello to the sun. You can then exhale and bring your arms back down alongside your body. Repeat the inhale, raising and lowering your arms, for a few breaths and imagine soaking up rays of sunshine.

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2. Windy– Tree Pose

Stand on one leg. Bend the knee of the leg you are not standing on, place the sole of your foot on the opposite inner thigh or calf, and balance. Sway like a tree in the wind. Switch sides and repeat the steps.

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3. Lightning – Chair Pose

Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and keep a straight spine. Hold your hands up in front of you with straight arms, pretending to be a lightning bolt.

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4. Rain – Standing Forward Bend

From Mountain Pose, bend your upper body, keep a straight spine, and reach for your toes. Pretend your arms are falling raindrops.

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5. Snow – Child’s Pose

Sit back on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest on the floor in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths. Pretend to be a snowflake falling from the sky. Take a few deep breaths.

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6. Cloudy – Easy Pose

Sit cross-legged and rest your palms on your knees. Close your eyes, if you are comfortable doing so. Imagine being a cloud floating across the sky. Take a few deep breaths and relax your body.

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What other weather yoga poses could you create? Maybe Wheel Pose for a rainbow?

You could also use these weather activities as a springboard to discuss the impact of people on weather, like global warming or smog.

Let’s hope that Mother Nature brings us another mild winter next year!

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