In this video, you and your child will take an imaginary trip to the beach! Bari Koral will lead you through a series of yoga moves with a beachy theme.
Prepare to watch the video by doing the pre-video activity with your child. Then, play the video and do the movements together. To wrap up your experience, you and your child have the opportunity to make up some new yoga poses! If the weather is nice, try doing the activities outside. Have fun!
A space big enough for you and your child to move around.
Tell your child that today you’ll be going on an imaginary trip to the beach! Explain that once you’re there, you’ll be doing some fun yoga moves. But first, you need to plan!
For your day at the beach, you’ll need one item that starts with each letter of the alphabet! Take turns saying, “I’m going to the beach and I’m bringing ______.” The first person has to pick something that starts with the letter A, the next person has to pick something that starts with the letter B, and so on until you reach Z.
When one person says their item, the other person must act out bringing that item. For example, if you start by saying you’ll bring an apple to the beach, your child would pretend to pick out an apple and put it in a bag. This might get challenging at times, so feel free to work together to get creative and think up items.
Ask your child which letter was the most challenging for them to use in this game. Share yours, too! Discuss how it feels to work together to complete a challenging task.
Invite your child to join you in watching and following along with a fun video. Explain that you’ll be doing what the children in the video do while you watch, and that you’ll be paying attention to how your minds and bodies feel during the video.
Find a place that has enough space for both of you to move comfortably.
Play the video and do the moves together.
When the video is over, ask your child how their mind and body felt during the movements. Share how your mind and body felt, too.
Ask your child how their mind and body felt after floating on the waves and taking deep breaths at the end of the video, and share how yours felt, as well.
Finally, ask your child how it feels knowing that they’ve helped other kids through Kid Power! Do they know what a ready to use therapeutic food packet is? Which local cause did they decide to donate to?
Carpeted floor, grass, or yoga mats for you and your child.
Tell your child that now you will have the opportunity to make up your own yoga poses! Explain that, just like when you played “I’m Going to the Beach and I’m Bringing…” you’ll need to work together and get creative.
Ask your child to think back to the video — which poses were based on animals that you might find at the beach or in the ocean?
Explain that many yoga poses are named after things found in nature, and invite your child to help you make up some poses based on the way animals look and move. It might be helpful to start with more ocean animals, then move to animals you’d find in the snow, in the rainforest, and so on.
Choose a couple of your favorite poses and give them a name. If you like, take photos of you and your child doing the poses and share them with friends, family and even with us! @GoKidPower #GoKidPower #PowerUpGuides
Ask your child how it felt to create yoga poses together today. Was it fun? Interesting? Frustrating? Tiring? Tell your child how you felt, as well. Explain that there is no right or wrong way to feel about it — what’s important is being able to name our emotions.