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5 Zoo Yoga Poses for Kids (Printable Poster)

It’s no secret that young children love animals. And my daughter is no exception.

My husband and I have been taking her to visit the zoo since she was only a couple of months old. Over time, she learned to act out the animals through zoo yoga poses for kids before she could speak the names. She also pointed out her favorite zoo animals in books. Now, she’s five and still loves to talk about, act out, and read about zoo animals.

Recently, we went to a zoo that is near our house west of Boston.  To get ready for our trip, we brought out zoo animal books, picked out zoo animal figurines, and practiced our zoo animal poses. We enjoyed our day at the zoo together as a family!

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Zoo Books for Kids

Here are a few zoo books that we enjoy before and after going to the zoo:

Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson and Doug Cushman
Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True! by Karma Wilson and Margaret Spengler
Wild About Books
by Judy Sierra and Marc Brown
Z Is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet
by Marie and Roland Smith, and Henry Cole
The Wheels on the Bus: A Read-along Sing-along Trip to the Zoo
by Jeanne Willis and Adam Stower
On the Loose in Boston
by Sage Stossel
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo
by John Lithgow and Leeza Hernandez
My Visit to the Zoo
by Aliki
A Day at a Zoo
by Sarah Harrison
ABC Zooby Rod Campbell
The View at the Zoo
by Kathleen Long Bostrom and Guy Francis

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5 Zoo Yoga Poses for Kids

After gathering our zoo animal books together, we chose five animals that appeared in the books to act out through yoga poses for kids. Try the five yoga poses below with your children. These are suggested yoga poses, and you can certainly change or adapt according to your child’s interest, age, and enthusiasm. What other zoo animals could they pretend to be?

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1. Elephant – Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend

From standing, step your feet hip-width apart, bend your upper body, clasp your hands together, and sway your arms like the trunk of an elephant.

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2. Crocodile – Plank Pose

Come down to a plank on your hands and toes like a crocodile.

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3. Bear – Bear Walk or Downward-Facing Dog Pose

Come back to hands and feet in an upside-down V shape then walk like a bear.

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4. Tiger – Cat Pose

Come down to all fours, tuck your chin into your chest, and round your back like a tiger.

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5. Hippo – Child’s Pose

Come to sitting back on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths.
Pretend you are a hippo resting in the water.



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Visit Zoo Animals

Not only can you practice these fun zoo animal yoga poses at home, but try them at the zoo!  And make up the poses as  you go along.  What pose could you do for this anteater that we saw at the zoo?!

Anteater picture from zoo animal poses for kids on Kids Yoga Stories

What is your favorite zoo yoga pose?


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Spanish Language Activities for Zoo Animals

We were excited to find a sign with the English and Spanish translations of zoo animals at the zoo yesterday. This post is part of our Learn Spanish and Kids Yoga through Books series co-hosted by Spanish Playground.  Check out her article on Spanish zoo animals activities with printable zoo animal cards, zoo story ideas, zoo songs, and zoo websites. 

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Join us next month for kids yoga, Spanish, and stories. Check out our schedule for the year:

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August: Bill Martin Jr
September: Latin America
October: Bedtime
November: Australia
December: Farm
February: Africa
March: Zoo
April: World
May: Ocean
June: Asia

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6 Responses to 5 Zoo Yoga Poses for Kids (Printable Poster)

  1. Reshama March 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    I have to admit to never thinking about animals and yoga poses before. But this looks like such a great activity to get kids to be imaginative and have fun at the same time! I am definitely trying some out in our next playdate! thanks for sharing.
    Joining in from Tina’s linky.
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC April 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      Hi Reshama – thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you do the animal poses at your play date! Excellent idea. 🙂

  2. Carmen March 28, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    These yoga poses are brilliant. I could even use these at school for a brain break. Thanks!

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC April 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks Carmen! You’re absolutely right – teachers are using little yoga pose sequences for brain breaks at school. Excellent idea. Keep me posted if you try it. I’d love to hear how your students enjoy the poses.
      Giselle 🙂

  3. Tina at Mommynificent April 3, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    You really do have such fantastic ideas! I love your book lists, and your ideas for how to incorporate movement with shared reading are inspired! Thanks for sharing this with us at Booknificent Thursdays!


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