AGES: 2-6, 7-11
- Halloween music and something to play music (i.e. speaker)
- Halloween coloring pages
- Markers or supplies for decorating mini pumpkins
- Witches hat
Use imagination and get the kids excited about Halloween!
Play some scary or fun Halloween music in the background for either parts of or the entire lesson.
1. The YogaKids Pledge or, take a minute to clearly explain your expectations regarding participation and behavior.
2. Introduce the Theme “Halloween Night in <your town>”
3. Welcome song (sung to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
Sit in Pretzel and do torso circles right and then left while you sing,
Welcome to YogaKids
Welcome to YogaKids
So glad you’re here!
Magic Witches Hat Breath – Inhale hands in prayer over head, and exhale hands to heart. (several rounds)
POSES AS PATHWAYS TO LEARNING
Surya Namaskar – Do any variation of sun salutations you like. A sun salutation is one way of thanking the sun for coming out every day, for providing us with warmth and light and vitamin D. Vitamin D gives us healthy bones, allowing us to grow and stay strong. It allows our food to grow for us to eat, giving our pumpkins and apples color and vitamins. This dance makes us strong, flexible, alert, and coordinated. And it’s good for the heart! Ecological Echoes, Body Benefits
Sunrise, Sunset – The sun is setting on Halloween night, and we are ready for a night of fun. The moon is bright, and shining down on our Halloween night. Poses as Pathways
Mountain (Witch’s Broom) – We are witches broomsticks! Take in a deep breath, and then float around the room on the broom stick, blowing out all our air. When all our air is out, our broom turns into a mouse.
Child’s Pose (Mouse) – Repeat Witch’s Broom to Mouse a few times.
Now, it is time for our witch to make her special Halloween Witches Brew. Stand in a wide stance Mountain and begin stirring the pot clockwise then counterclockwise. What will our witch put into her brew this Halloween? First, she puts in two handfuls of bugs! And stir the pot!
Bug Pose or Happy Baby
Stir the pot! Next she adds 4 large green lizards.
Lizard – Can you say, “Large Lucky Lizards Land in our Witches Brew?” Laughing Language
Stir the pot! Next our witch puts in two twisted twigs from her Oak tree.
Stir the pot! The witch reaches deep down into her pocket and plucks out two eyeballs and throws them into the brew.
Ball pose – Have the children roll back and forth on their mats.
Stir the pot!
Next the witch puts in the skull of an eagle.
And a handful of feathers from a wise, old owl.
360 Degree Owl
And stir the pot!
The witch then puts in two wings of a magic butterfly…
Ask the children if they have anything they want to put in, going around the circle and putting in their ideas with or without doing yoga poses to go along with what they come up with.
The last thing the witch puts in is two shells of a snapping turtle.
Turtle – Turtles have been on the earth for more than 200 million years. Several species of turtles can live to be over 100 years old. The oldest documented turtle lived to be over 200. Ecological Echoes
The witch laughed. She was pleased that all her ingredients were in. <BIG LAUGH!> She put on her magic Witch’s hat.
Stay sitting with wide legs and stir making big circles in both directions. Then, do a Magic Spell together, saying softly at first, then repeating getting louder and louder.
“Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”
Witches Hat Pose (Down Diggity Down Dog) – Have the kids make a triangle out of themselves in this pose.
The witch’s companion, her dog, howled at the moon with excitement.
Up Uppity Doggie Up – Howl at the moon.
Go back and forth between Witch’s Hat to Updog several times howling.
Now that her work was done, it was time for the witch to rest.
Rest in the Pumpkin Patch – Have the kids lie down and take 13 breaths. Expand the belly like a pumpkin
It is time for us to celebrate Halloween with some Trick or Treating.
Row Row Row Your Boat – Repeat the mantra as you do the pose:
Trick or Treat (clapping feet on floor), Smell My Feet (hands and soles of feet clapping)
Freeze and Flow – If you have time, include the Yoga Freeze and Flow game. When the music stops, take turns having each child wear the Witch’s hat and teach a yoga pose to the group.
Sunrise/Sunset – The sun is setting on our spooky Halloween night, time for us to sleep.
Twist and Blow
Have the children color a Halloween coloring page, or decorate pumpkins.