During summer vacations kids not only rest from their daily school routine, but lots of them also like to take the time to rest from their after school activities, such as Yoga class!
July is a very atypical month since our Yoga classes in the studio are practically empty, except for a few children who continue coming to class. So for this small bunch we like to do different activities that are not part of the “usual” Yoga routine.
These past two weeks we have done YOGART… a combination of Yoga and Art!
So after our typical welcome and warm up session, we changed gears and worked on a few “art projects” enhancing fine motor skills, imagination and creativity. All of course, while having fun and doing Yoga!
We found some really neat foam animal stickers and some foam build-your-own animal kits that we have been using this week… especially with the younger children (that seem to be the ones that continue coming to class).
With the stickers we had the children come up with a story that they would portray on paper using the sticker and crayons. Once they finished their “art work” they went around in a circle telling us the story and acting it out with the relevant Yoga poses. They had lots of fun doing this… and oh what stories they came up with!
The build-your-own animal kit had 3 animals to choose from and build from scratch. Once the kids made one they wanted to keep on going with the other two! This was also a very nice activity since it calmed them down because it required them to concentrate. Once the animals where put together, we did the corresponding poses and also came up with some interesting stories!
We hope to keep exploring YOGART… next time maybe with paints! Please share any ideas or experiences that you may have had with YOGART!