Every yoga teacher needs a few good yoga games when teaching classes for kids and teens. However, you do not have to be a kids’ yoga teacher to play these fun yoga games with children. These games are great for improving attention and concentration.
Moreover, there are eight short games, which take only five to ten minutes and are great to use at the beginning of class as a warm-up, during the last few minutes if you still have time. When it comes to a child’s health and development, playing with kids is a serious business. Thus, enjoy your business!
1-Blind man’s Buff Yoga Game:
Materials Needed: A scarf to blindfold, small objects or toys as many as you like*, a box or a small cloth bag to put these objects or toys (*the toys you choose must match with the yoga poses, such as small animal toys)
- Fill the toys of your choice in a bag or box.
- Tie the player’s eyes with a scarf.
- Help the player choose an object from the box.
- The player will guess what he/she is holding in his/her hand.
- If the player knows, he/she will do the yoga pose of the toy he/she is holding.
- If the player cannot guess the toy, the other player will do the related yoga pose.
2-Grandmother’s Yoga Steps:
- Stand one person at one end of the space, facing away from the others in the group. This person is ‘Grandma’!
- The others make a line (side by side) some distance (a good ten paces ideally) back from Grandma.
- When Grandma isn’t looking, the line of others has to tiptoe quietly, without running towards her.
- Every time Grandma turns around, everyone freezes into a yoga pose – so all she sees are trees, houses, flamingos, dogs surfers etc!
3-Red Light, Green Light Yoga Game:
- One person is chosen as the Stoplight. He or she stands at the front of the room.
- The other players are the “cars,” and they start at the opposite wall.
- The Stoplight starts the game by calling “Green light!”
- The other players then use yoga poses to move forward.
- When the Stoplight calls “Red light!”, each player needs to be in a yoga pose and remain still.
- Everyone takes a turn being the Stoplight.
4-Yogi Says Game:
- One person is selected as the Yogi.
- The other players must do the yoga poses that the Yogi tells them to do if the instruction starts with “Yogi says.”
- If the Yogi doesn’t use “Yogi says,” then players do not do the pose.
- Keep changing the person who is Yogi, so that everyone gets a turn.
5-Mirror Yoga Game:
- One person starts as the leader. The leader chooses a pose to do and shows it to the others.
- The other players copy the leader’s pose as if they are looking into a mirror.
- Change the leader with each round of poses, so that everyone has a turn at being the leader.
- This game is a good warm-up exercise to increase focus.
6-“Let’s Tell” Yoga Game:
Played by splitting into two groups with 4 or more people
Materials Needed: Image Cards (You can cut them from magazines), a timer/stopwatch.
The aim of the game is to tell the word on a card to group members and to collect cards without using that word. At the end of the game, both groups create a yoga flow from their accumulated cards. For this purpose, at the very beginning of the game how long a word be explained is determined. A timer/stopwatch can be used.
- The players are divided into two groups. The cards are stacked on one another with the pictures facing on the bottom. The cards are placed in a place where all the players can reach. It is decided which group will start first.
- One of the players in the first group becomes the narrator and get the top card. The narrator looks at the picture on the card and gives the card to one of the players in the second group. The narrator does not show the picture in the card to the players in his/her group.
- He tries to explain the word of the picture on the card to the players in his/her group within the specified time until one of his/her group mates finds the right word or until the time is up. For example, if there is a “Sun” picture on the card, the narrator tries to tell the Sun without using the word “Sun”. He/she can tell “It warms the world. In the morning it rises”, etc.
- Meanwhile, the players in the second group follow whether the narrator uses the word “Sun”.
- If the players in the first group know the word before the time is up, they take the card back from the second group and put it in front of themselves. Thus, they win the card. The queue passes to the second group. If they do not know the word, they put the card at the bottom of the cards and wait for their turn again.
- The game continues until the cards finish. When the cards are finished, each group brings their cards together, creates a yoga flow and displays the postures.
7-Animal Guessing Yoga Game:
Materials Needed: Yoga Cards
- The players sit on the floor in a circle. A player chooses a card from yoga cards, which is made up of animals only. He/She does not show that card to his/her friends.
- Then his/her friends ask questions in order to guess the animal: where does it live, what to eat, what color, how many feet, can it fly, etc?
- The player who wants to guess raises finger; instead of saying the name of the animal verbally, he/she makes the yoga pose of that animal.
- The player who chose the card also looks at the pose and tells whether it is the right animal.
- The game continues until the animal on the card is guessed.
- Then, another player chooses a new card, and the game continues.
- In this game, both the person who chooses the card and the one who guesses must know the yoga poses.
8-Yoga Ball Game:
Materials Needed: A ball
- The children form a standing circle.
- A player throws the ball into the air and at the same time he/she says the name of a yoga pose. For example, if he/she says “tree”, the other players try to go into the tree pose until their friend retake the ball.
- If anyone cannot do the pose, the player holding the ball quickly throws the ball to that friend and tries to hit him/her with the ball.
- Then the turn passes to that player and he/she throws the ball into the air and says another yoga pose.
- The game continues. The children develop fast thinking and moving in this way.
9-Fun Train Yoga Game:
Materials Needed: Have some music playing in the background for added fun.
- Have all of the children line up behind the leader in one straight line. Make sure that there is about an inch or two of space between the children.
- The leader, leading the train, will pick a pose that everyone will eventually do. When the leader is ready to start, they will lead the train around the room.
- Passengers or people following will dance or move as silly and funny as they can, while staying in line or staying on the train.
- However, once the leader turns around, everyone must instantly go into the previously mentioned pose.
- You can take turns by changing train leaders once they do one lap around the room.
10-Yoga Spinner Game:
- Grab a deck of yoga pose cards.
- Place a Post-it note under one corner of a fidget spinner to act as a pointer.
- Pick out six yoga pose cards and arrange them in a circle around the spinner.
- Spin the spinner and then practice the pose that the pointer lands on.
11-“Add One” Yoga Game:
- Stand in a circle.
- The first person performs a pose of their choice.
- Everyone practices this pose and the second person adds another one.
- Everyone performs these two poses in order, then the third person adds a new, different pose to the chain.
- Continue on until all students have had a chance to add a pose.
- This is deceptively simple and definitely works the memory if you have a large class. With a small class, you may want to go around the circle twice.
- The teacher may have to prompt students who are having difficulty coming up with a new pose to add to the chain.
12-Body Chalk Board:
Body Chalk Board is a great way to increase body awareness and sensory perception. Learning to rely on touch alone is a challenging skill and helps to focus attention and improve mindfulness. This game is also fantastic for learning cooperation and communication skills. You may even want to try it with your teens to keep them connected to their body.
- Divide group into pairs.
- Sitting in easy pose, often referred to as criss cross, with one partner in front of the other use your partner’s back as a chalk board.
- Using a finger draw numbers, shapes or letters of the alphabet on the ‘chalk board’.
- The person whose back is the ‘chalk board’ guesses what is being drawn. Wipe the ‘chalk board’ clean with flat palms from top to bottom or side to side before switching roles.
Materials Needed: Yoga mats or yoga cushions, music
- Just like musical chairs, musical mats is a game of elimination involving players, mats, and music, with one fewer mat than players.
- When the music stops whichever player fails to sit on a mat/cushion is eliminated, with a mat then being removed.
- The process is repeated until only one player remains.
14-“Opposites” Yoga Game:
- Explore the meaning of opposites and develop personal creativity with this simple game.
- Each child expresses what they view as the opposite pose: active/passive, forward/backward, right side/left side, up/down, etc.
15-“Museum” Yoga Game:
- Stand in a circle.
- The premise is that you are a museum, and all of the kids are statues.
- They have a secret power of coming to life though.
- One person, the watchman stands in the middle of the circle and the other students all pose as statues, preferably based on yoga poses.
- Once the watchman is not looking, the statues come to life and are able to change into different statues.
- If the watchman sees them moving, they are caught and have to sit down.
- If they are caught, they sit in yogi style – sitting up straight with hands in a mudra on their knees.
- After a minute of sitting, let them try again. This helps keep them from getting frustrated at getting out.
16-“Hot Potato” Yoga Game:
Materials Needed: Music, Small Animal Toys
• Learners sit in a circle.
• Bring some small toy animals of which you can do yoga poses later.
• Choose a toy to be the “hot potato”.
• Play music and the learners pass the “potato” as quickly as they can around the circle.
• When the music stops, whoever has the “potato/animal toy” shows the yoga pose of that animal toy to the circle.
• You can continue this game as much as you can, or when you finish passing all the toys.
17-“What is missing?” Yoga Game:
Materials Needed: Kids Yoga Cards
• Choose a certain number of cards. If you have just performed winter yoga, you may prefer to choose related yoga pose cards, for instance.
• The number of cards you choose at one time may vary according to the age group of the children. You may try 8 yoga cards for the preschoolers and may be 10-12 cards for 6-7 years-old kids.
• Show the cards to the children and together name them all.
• Then turn all the cards over and shuffle them.
• Carefully remove one card, without the children seeing what it is.
• Turn over the cards. Ask the children which one is missing.
• The kid who wants to guess shows the pose, instead of saying the name of the pose.
• As the kids progress, gradually increase the number of cards to remember.
18- Balloon Dance Yoga Game:
Materials Needed: Balloons, Music
- I know it will be a bit of a challenge but blow up as many balloons as the number of children.
- Then write the names of the yoga poses you practice in class on these balloons. If they don’t know how to read, you can draw the postures in the form of stick figures.
- Start dancing by throwing balloons into the air and playing with music.
- When the music stops, look at the balloon in your hand and do the yoga pose on it.