Happy Independence Day!
We have been living in our adopted country of United States for over nine years now and finally getting into the groove of the July 4th Cookout. Given that my hubby is Australian, we love the idea of an all-day barbecue. I’d love to share some Independence Day for kids yoga sequences, yoga cards, books, and activities to celebrate this special day.
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Independence Day for Kids Yoga
Idea #1 | Kids Yoga Poses Inspired by a Book
A kids yoga sequence inspired by M is for Majestic: A National Parks Alphabet by David Domeniconi and Pam Carroll.
The postures are in a specific sequence to invite flow from one pose to the next. Feel free to add or skip any of the poses, depending on the age and engagement of your children. This list is simply a guide to give you inspiration and creativity is encouraged. Simply clear a space, wear comfortable clothing, and give it a go!
12 Kids Yoga Poses Inspired by M is for Majestic: A National Parks Alphabet
1. Lighthouse in Acadia National Park – Mountain Pose
Stand tall with arms to your side.
2. Yucca Tree in Joshua Tree National Park – Tree Pose
Stand on one leg, place the sole of the other feet on your inner thigh, and then switch sides.
3. Free-Tailed Bat in Carlsbad Caverns National Park – Standing Forward Bend
Stand tall, then bend your torso over, and let your arms hang low.
4. Polar Bear in Glacier Bay National Park – Downward-Facing Dog Pose
Step back to hands-and-feet, and walk like a bear.
5. Roadrunner in Big Bend National Park – Pigeon Pose
Bring right knee to rest behind right hand, tuck in right foot, and rest down.
6. Timber Wolf in Isle Royale National Park – Cat Pose
Come up to hands-and knees, look up, and howl like a wolf.
7. Humpback Whale near Channel Islands National Park – Whale Pose
Lay on your belly, bend your knees, and take your arms back alongside your body.
8. Snowshoe Rabbit in North Cascades National Park – Hero’s Pose with Bunny Breath
Come up to rest back your heels, place your hands on your knees, and exhale a few short breaths.
9. Prairie Dog in Wind Cave National Park – Kneeling Pose
Come up to kneeling pose, and look around like a prairie dog.
10. Bighorn Sheep in Rocky Mountain National Park – Seated Twist
Come back to resting on your heels, and twist your upper body.
11. Sea Turtle in Dry Tortugas National Park – Extended Child’s Pose
From Hero’s Pose, bend forward, rest your forehead in front of your knees, and extend your arms out front.
12. Star-Gazing from a Mountain Top – Resting Pose
Lay on your back, stretch your arms and legs out, close your eyes, and rest.
Idea #2 | Seven Sun Salutes Inspired By the Southwest of the United States
Several years ago, our family went on a six week RV road trip around the Southwest of the United States. Here are 7 Sun Salutes inspired by the Southwest to practice at your 4th of July cookout.
Idea #3: Download your Fourth of July Yoga Cards for Kids
Pretend to be the Statue of Liberty, sparkly fireworks, and a baseball player!
Download these Fourth of July digital yoga cards to learn through movement in your home, classroom, or studio. This package Includes a helpful index, quick tips, practice guide, 18 Yoga Pose cards, and 18 matching Fourth of July cards.
Celebrate all the joy that 4th of July can bring!
Download the Fourth of July Yoga Cards for Kids.
Idea #4 | Recommended Books or Kids Activities on USA
A few links to books and activities from other mommy bloggers in the Kid Blogger Network:
18 Patriotic Picture Books for 4th of July by No Time for Flash Cards
4th of July Pack inspired by America the Beautiful book by 3 Dinosaurs
Kids Books that Celebrate Fireworks, the Flag, and July 4th by KC Edventures
Make a Statue of Liberty Torch and Crown, then watch a Virtual Tour by Buggy and Buddy
Why the Statue of Liberty is Green by Buggy and Buddy
Make your own Backyard Star Parade, by The Pleasantest Thing
What are you doing to celebrate Independence Day with your families?!
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