Practice counting while learning yoga poses for kids in this move it game yoga-style!
When my daughter was home sick recently, she spent the morning on the couch, watching TV. By lunchtime, I knew we had to do something active to get her body moving. She was getting lethargic, even for a sick kiddo.
We couldn’t go outside due to a recent heavy snowstorm, so I thought we could play a fun yoga game inside to lift her spirits. I brought out a deck of yoga pose cards. Since we’ve been reinforcing math games at home, I also brought out a pack of number flash cards, as well.
With the deck of yoga cards and number flash cards, we made up a Move It Game using yoga cards. Try this fun and easy yoga game to help your children get their wiggles out when you’re stuck indoors!
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How to Play a Move It Game with Yoga Pose Cards
- Grab a deck of yoga pose cards. Take out just the cards that have yoga poses on them.
- Grab a deck of number flashcards and pull out 1 to 20—or make your own 1 to 20 number cards using notecards.
- Make a pile of yoga pose cards and another pile of number cards, all face down on the table.
- The first player flips over a yoga pose card and a number card then practices that yoga pose while counting to the number on the other card.
For example: The player chooses a Child’s Pose card and a number 5. She would practice Child’s Pose while counting “1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”
- The second player then flips over a yoga pose card and a number card then practices that yoga pose while counting to the number on their card.
- Play continues for as long as you like, as you work through the decks, counting and practicing poses.
- Use only numbers 1-5 or 1-10 for younger learners.
- Use an addition or subtraction flash card deck instead.
- Choose two number cards and add (or subtract or multiply) them.
This game was adapted from the Move It! Game described on page 108 of 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids (Amazon affiliate) by Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for fun learning activities to teach reading, writing, and math concepts in a meaningful and engaging way. The authors are both experienced elementary teachers and share their educational ideas on TheEducatorsSpinOnIt.com to millions of parents and teachers worldwide. On a personal note, they are good people, and I’m biased about supporting like-minded, hard-working, passionate teacher authors. Their learning games book is available on Amazon or at major bookstores.