Maybe you’re indoors on a rainy summer day, or maybe you’re looking for something different to do in the backyard. In any case, why not try acting out these popular summer activities for kids through yoga poses!
Start by making a list of your favorite summertime activities:
- Are there activities that you do each day and special activities that you might only do once over the summer?
- Or are there activities you would love to try someday, but they aren’t accessible near you?
- Are there activities that you can only do in the summer, or are they available year-round?
Use this warm-up activity as a way to spark the children’s interest and make a bucket list of things you would all like to do this summer. Then, when you’re ready, try out the yoga poses below, inspired by summer activities.
If you’re looking for more poses, check out our Summer Activities Yoga Cards for Kids with 20 activities and 20 matching poses. And if you’re interested in yoga storytime, don’t miss our newly illustrated, Ella’s Summer Fun.
Summer Activities for Kids: 5 Yoga Poses for Kids
Don’t worry if you haven’t tried yoga before—just jump in and give it a try. Clear the space, practice barefoot, and have fun. The focus is on introducing yoga to children, not on perfectly aligned poses. Be safe, but also encourage them to explore their creativity.
Pretend to be riding a scooter.
How to practice Warrior 1 Pose: Step one foot back and bend your front knee. Reach both arms up overhead. Pretend to be a riding a scooter down the sidewalk. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
Pretend to be surfing.
How to practice Warrior 2 Pose: From Warrior 1, reach both arms out to the sides and look over your front fingertips. Make sure your front knee is bent forward. Pretend to be surfing. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
Pretend to be swimming.
How to practice Warrior 3 Pose: Stand on one leg. Extend the other leg behind you, flexing your foot. Bend your torso forward and take your arms back alongside your body. Pretend to be swimming in your local pool.
Pretend to be horseback riding.
How to practice Chair Pose: Stand tall in Mountain Pose with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and keep a straight spine. Hold your hands out in front of you. Pretend to be horseback riding.
Pretend to be playing baseball.
How to practice Revolved Chair Pose: From Chair Pose, bring your palms together in front of your heart. Exhale, turn to the right, and hook your left elbow outside your right thigh. Come back to center and repeat on the other side. Pretend you are playing baseball and are up to bat.
What other summer activities could you act out through yoga poses? Tell us in the comments below!
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READY TO BRING YOGA AND MINDFULNESS TO YOUR CHILDREN THIS SUMMER AND HAVE FUN ACTIVITIES DAILY?
Help your children stay active and have fun this summer with our popular digital Summer Yoga in 10 Minutes a Day Packs.
You will get 8 weeks of ideas, plus all the resources you need to spark your imagination and get your kids moving, grooving, and having a blast!
You will receive specific activities for each day of the week, themed under:
- Mindful Mondays: to get grounded for the week ahead through breathing and meditation techniques that teach kids how to be in the present moment
- Storytime Tuesdays: to joyfully integrate literacy and movement through storytime read-alongs
- Wind-Down Wednesdays: to practice calming techniques that promote self-regulation and focus through age-appropriate mindfulness activities
- Theme Thursdays: to move, stretch, and challenge young bodies by practicing yoga poses based on fun and engaging themes
- Fun Fridays: to have fun and connect with one other through yoga games and partner yoga
Use these 10-minute activities as a springboard. Feel free to add other age-appropriate theme-related yoga poses, songs, breathing techniques, relaxation stories, meditations, art projects, and field trips.
Check Out Our SUMMER ACTIVITIES YOGA CARDS FOR KIDS
ENJOY THE JOYS OF SUMMER THROUGH ENGAGING AND SIMPLE YOGA POSES!
Pretend to play tennis, birdwatch, and ride a scooter!
Download these 52 summer activities digital yoga cards to learn through movement in your home, classroom, or studio. Includes an Index Card, Pose Instructions, 20 Yoga Pose cards, and 20 matching Summer Activities cards. The yoga kids are multicultural from seven countries.
Ages 3 to 8.
Check Out Ella’s Summer Fun
ACT OUT YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Join Ella as she experiences a week full of fun summer activities with her grandparents. Be a surfer, water skier, and swimmer.
Discover summer, explore movement, and learn the days of the week!
Age group: Preschoolers ages 3-6.