Toddlers love yoga. And toddlers love Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle books.
So, today we’re sharing a Polar Bear Yoga Lesson Plan to go with the popular book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Amazon affiliate link). Fellow kids yoga teacher Joie Scott has put together a printable of this toddler yoga lesson plan, available at the link below.
Toddler yoga sequence inspired by Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
The twelve-poses sequence follows the story, Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? However, feel free to change the order of the postures to create a logical kids yoga class.
Make the experience relevant and meaningful for them, so they can enjoy learning about animals through movement. Use this polar bear yoga sequence as a guide, but adapt to suit your needs:
To finish the class, you could go around the group, asking them to share their favorite zoo animal pose from the book. You could also make a list of other zoo animals that they could practice the matching yoga poses for next time. Remember not to worry about getting the yoga poses “correct.” Just have fun with toddlers learning about animals through movement!
About the Author
Joie Scott received her Hatha Yoga RYT-200 certification from teachers Todd Norian and Ann Greene. This Anusara-based training led her to the Grounded Kids program developed in Atlanta, Georgia, by Cheryl Crawford and Amy Haysman, where she completed the ninety-five-hour certification for Children’s Yoga designation (RCYT). Joie, a former kindergarten teacher, now works for Zenworks Yoga as a founding board member, teaching children’s yoga classes, mentoring our team of teachers, and directing program development. She also co-founded AmaZEN U, a web-based subscription program geared toward K-12 classroom teachers. Teachers can use a smartboard, tablet, or phone to pull up one-to-five-minute yoga and mindfulness video breaks for their students throughout the day.
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