Kids Yoga Story: Jack and the FlumFlum Tree by Julia Donaldson

It is an irresistible journey of Jack and his best friends for the sake of Jack’s Granny, who is sick with a bad case of the moozles! Enjoy the adventure with twenty-five kids’ yoga poses!

Jack had a granny and his granny had great big purple spots on her face (Jaw Massage: Using our fingertips we gently massage our face and jaw). The doctor came and he shook his head (Neck Exercise: We look over one side and then the other side). “The only cure for your granny is the fruit that grows on the flumflum tree, on a very faraway island.”(Tree: Standing tall, place the heel of your foot on top of the other. Bring your hands together at your heart and grow your branches up tall)

Jack built a boat (Boat: Sitting on our bottoms, we lift up one foot, then the other foot, and one hand and no hands) and he found a crew: Rose and Stu. Granny came down to the dock with Jack. She gave him a patchwork sack (Treasure Chest: Sitting on your bottom, bring the soles of your feet together and fold your body down over the top of your feet to close your treasure chest). In that sack were wooden spoons, bowl, tent pegs, some balloons, skipping rope, and chewing gum. Then, Jack, Rose and Stu sailed off for the faraway island (Rowing: Sitting up tall, legs long, we take hold of one of our ankles and drawing it down to our foot, then back up again to our waist we row our boat).

“Sharks!” cried Rose (Shark: Lie on your tummy, clasp your hands behind your back and lift up your shark fin). “Let’s have a look in the patchwork sack (Treasure Chest: Sitting on your bottom, bring the soles of your feet together and fold your body down over the top of your feet to close your treasure chest)” said Jack. “Red balloons, blue balloons, puff, puff, blow them up, let them go quick! (Hot Air Balloon: Sit up tall with your legs crossed, cup your hands round your mouth. As you blow up your hot air balloon stretch out your arms gradually as it gets bigger)” Then the sharks started chasing those balloons and went away.

“A leak! It’s wet! The boat is full of water” cried Stu. “Let’s have a look in the patchwork sack (Treasure Chest: Sitting on your bottom, bring the soles of your feet together and fold your body down over the top of your feet to close your treasure chest)” said Jack. They chewed the chewing gum and stretched and plugged that hole. And they baled out the water with Granny’s bowl (Bowl: Lying on our tummies, flick our feet up towards our bottoms. We reach around with our arms and take hold of our ankles. Kicking our legs into our hands, we lift our chests up).

“Help!” cried Stu. He fell of the boat. “I can’t swim!” “Let’s have a look in the patchwork sack (Treasure Chest: Sitting on your bottom, bring the soles of your feet together and fold your body down over the top of your feet to close your treasure chest)” said Jack. And luckily they pulled Stu in with Granny’s old skipping rope (Swimmer: Lying on our tummies, we lift our feet and arms up off the ground to swim).

And finally they came to the island (Child Pose: We kneel down and tuck ourselves into a little tiny ball, like a mouse). There on a hill stood the tall flumflum tree without any branches (Tree: Standing tall, place the heel of your foot on top of the other. Bring your hands together at your heart)! “Let’s have a look in the patchwork sack (Treasure Chest: Sitting on your bottom, bring the soles of your feet together and fold your body down over the top of your feet to close your treasure chest)” said Jack. “Granny’s tent pegs! We will knock them in, climb the tree quick!” said Jack (Climbing: Standing tall, using opposite arm to leg we climb up). Then up went Rose and she brought down the fruit of the flumflum tree. Then Jack, Rose and Stu laid down on the soft sandy beach (Relaxation: We lie back, our arms and legs heavy and long. Close your eyes and enjoy this rest).

Unfortunately, a thief monkey got their precious flumflum (Monkey: Crouching down, we count 1,2,3 before leaping up like a monkey). “Let’s have a look in the patchwork sack (Treasure Chest: Sitting on your bottom, bring the soles of your feet together and fold your body down over the top of your feet to close your treasure chest)” said Jack. “Granny’s spoons and tom-tom! Let’s sing a song!” The monkey crept closer (Tiptoes: We come high up onto our tiptoes very quietly), he listened to the tunes. He put down the flumflum and he grabbed the wooden spoons (Magic Carpet: Sitting up tall, legs out wide and arms stretched in between your legs playing drums on the floor with your hands).

Then Jack, Stu and Rose sailed back all the way home (Rowing: Sitting up tall, legs long, we take hold of one of our ankles and drawing it down to our foot, then back up again to our waist we row our boat). Granny ate the flumflum (Pat head / Rub tummy: Sitting with our legs crossed, we roll a hand round and round on our tummies, then we pat our heads at the same time). The big purple spots disappeared. “She’s cured!” said the doctor, and everyone cheered. And Jack said “Thank you for the patchwork sack, Granny!” (Namaste: Sitting with your legs crossed, hands together at your heart, bow your head)

Relaxation:

What an adventurous journey Jack, Stu and Rose experienced. How lucky they are to have each other. How kind it is to be with your friends during their hard times. When you help someone, you feel good, happy. And also when you need help, you may ask for it without hesitation.

Now it is time to wake up. When you feel ready, you can slowly start to move your fingers and toes. Pulling your knees to your chest, give them a big hug. Rolling over to one side, lift up to a comfortable sitting position. Bring your hands together in front of your chest. Thank you for doing yoga with me today. Namaste!