This month for Virtual Book Club for Kids, we are spotlighting books by Laura Numeroff. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was my first favorite Laura Numeroff book to read in the classroom. Check out Laura Numeroff’s official website to see all her charming and fun books for young children.
Our daughter started a new Toddler School in December. On her second week at the school, she was given the home-reading pack to do some book activities together as a family. The red book bag had the If You Give a Pig a Party book, a stuffed dog named Rosey Ranger, and a journal to record our experience. After reading the book together a few times, we decided to do some yoga poses to represent Pig’s friends. It was a great way to bring the book alive with movement. Then, we talked about each of the animals and pointed them out on each of the book pages. Try acting out the animals in the book too!
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Kids yoga inspired by Laura Numeroff’s book
Don’t worry if you haven’t tried yoga before. Just jump in and give it a go. The focus is on having fun with movement and story, not on perfectly aligned poses. For images of the poses, see our list of Kids Yoga Poses. Are there other keywords in the book that you can act out as well?
If You Give a Pig a Party
Cat – Cat Pose
(On all fours, tuck your chin into your chest, and round your back. Meow!)
Dog – Downward-Facing Dog Pose
(Lift up your buttocks to make an upside-down V shape, with your palms flat on the ground. Woof, woof!)
Bunny – Hero Pose
(Come down to rest upright on your heels with your hands resting on your thighs. Do a bunny breath.)
Moose – Seated Twist with Lotus Mudra
(Sit on heels, stretch fingers out on top of your head, and place heels of palms together in mudra to represent antlers of a moose. Twist your upper body.)
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 pretend to roll in the mud like a pig. Oink, oink!)
For images and descriptions of the poses, see Kids Yoga Poses.
What is your favorite Laura Numeroff book? If you have blogged about it, we would love for you to link up your post in the linky below.
September- Lois Ehlert
October- Amy Krouse Rosenthal
November- Tomie dePaola
December- Jan Brett
January- David McPhail
February- Dr Seuss
October – Nick Sharratt
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