Spring is almost here!
Looking out over a snow-covered backyard, I am definitely ready for spring here on the East Coast of the USA. It’s time to get out the spring-themed library books, get outside to observe the changing of the seasons, and put away our winter coats.
What better way to celebrate spring than through simple yoga poses for children. Be a bird, bee, and butterfly! Take a walk through your neighborhood or to your local park and look for signs of spring.
You can follow the suggested yoga for spring sequence below or make up your own yoga poses. The idea is to have the children learn about spring through movement, so encourage their creativity and storytelling. You could practice these yoga poses at home, in your classroom, or at the park. Simply kick off your shoes and socks, clear some space, and get into action. Enjoy spring yoga!
Yoga for Spring with these ten easy yoga poses for kids:
1. Sun – Sun Salute or Extended Mountain Pose
(Stand tall in Mountain Pose, look up, reach your arms up to the sky, and place your palms together.)
2. Tree – Tree Pose
(Stand on one leg, bend your opposite knee, place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh, and balance. Sway like a tree in the breeze.)
3. Bird – Warrior 3 Pose
(Stand on one leg. Extend the other leg behind you. Bend your torso forward and take your arms out in front of you to pretend that you are flapping your wings like a bird.)
4. Rain – Standing Forward Bend
(From Mountain Pose, bend your upper body, reach for your toes, and hang your arms like the falling rain.)
5. Planting a Garden – Squat Pose
(Come down to a squat and pretend to plant seeds in the garden.)
6. Caterpillar – Locust Pose
(Lie on your tummy with your arms stretched out front and inch along a leaf like a caterpillar.)
7. Bee – Hero Pose
(Come back to rest upright on your heels, buzz with your arms, and practice a humming breath.)
8. Butterfly – Cobbler’s Pose
(Sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, bend your legs, place the soles of your feet together, and gently flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly.)
9. Flower – Flower Pose
(Come to sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, lift your legs, balance on your sitting bones, touch the soles of your feet together, and weave your arms under your legs. Pretend to blossom like a flower.)
10. Relaxing in the Park – Resting Pose
(Lie on your back with your arms and legs stretched out. Breathe and rest. Close your eyes and imagine the sights and sounds in the park.)
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1. Chick or Duck – Squat Pose
(Come down to a squat and waddle like a duck.)
2. Easter Hat – Downward-Facing Dog Pose
(Step back to hands and feet in an upside-down V shape and pretend to be an Easter hat.)
3. Easter Bunny – Hero Pose with Bunny Breath
(Sit on your heels and take four to six short breaths then a long exhale.)
4. Easter Lily – Flower Pose
(Come to sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, lift your legs, balance on your sitting bones, touch the soles of your feet together, and weave your arms under your legs.)
5. Easter Egg – Egg Pose
(Balance on your buttocks while hugging your knees to your chest.)
6. Easter Basket – Boat Pose
(Balance on your buttocks with your legs up. Then rock in the water like a boat.)
7. Rainbow – Bridge Pose or Wheel Pose
(Come to lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Rest your arms down alongside your body, tuck your chin to your chest, and lift your buttocks to create a bridge. Pretend that you are the arches of a rainbow.)
Further Activities for Spring:
- Take pictures of the children practicing the poses and make a “spring book.”
- Take a trip to the park or playground to see, hear, smell, and touch spring. Paint pictures of what they experience. Make a collective spring mural.
- Write a spring poem or story and read it aloud together.
- Create a wall dedicated to spring and decorate it with their artwork. Make 3-D versions of all the keywords.
- Take magnifying glasses and a science notebook to record their observations while visiting a local park.
- Pair them up with older or younger students to do a spring activity.
- Using magazine cut-outs or photos, make a collage comparing spring to the other seasons.
- Read spring and Easter books. Have the children write book reports and share your favorites.
- Look at the world map to discuss which countries are experiencing which seasons.
- Choose one animal that reminds you of spring and research at least three facts about that animal.
- Write your own spring yoga story about signs that spring is coming to your neighborhood.
- Take a photo walk around your neighborhood and take pictures of the signs of spring. Make a photo collage when you get back home.
- Host a spring yoga dance party. Play spring-themed music, eat healthy food, do a spring art activity, practice spring-inspired yoga poses, and celebrate the changing of the seasons.
- Plant a spring garden.
- Talk about the meaning and history of Easter. Compare traditional and modern Easter celebrations. Talk about how their families celebrate Easter.
What’s your favorite spring-themed yoga pose?
You Might Like our Spring Yoga Book for Kids
Act out a day in the garden with Rachel!
Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow! Ages 3+.
“Shardlow has mastered the art of integrating yoga, art, education, and story into engaging books that promote movement, relaxation, literacy and connection. Rachel’s Day in the Garden is no exception and, in fact, might be the best one yet! The Kids Yoga Stories series belongs in the hands of every child, parent, and educator!” – Lisa Flynn, Founder of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, Author of Yoga for Children and Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck
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