Kids Yoga Story: Sugarlump and the Unicorn by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. What adventures could a rocking horse have if only he were a real horse? Enjoy the story with twenty-six kids’ yoga poses!

The unicorn has a silver horn (Unicorn: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. Raise your arms overhead, palms to touch). Her eyes are bright and blue. When she hears a horse’s wish, she can make that wish come true (Magic Spell: Step one foot forward and turn the back toes out to the side. Bend your front knee and extend the arms wide. Drop your back arm toward your back leg. Lift your front arm straight up, reaching your fingertips toward the sky. Gaze up at your fingertips overhead).

Sugarlump was a rocking horse (Rocking Horse: Lying on your stomach with your legs hip width apart, bend your knees, feet up and towards your bottom. Sweep your arms around and grasp the outside of the ankles or feet. Lifting your head, try to raise the knees and chest higher). He belonged to a girl and a boy (Child: Sitting on your heels, bend forward. Rest your forehead on the mat in front of you. Place your arms wherever you feel comfortable, they can be extended or down by your sides.). They rode on their favorite toy. “Here in the children’s bedroom is where I want to be. This is the life for me!” he said. But when the children were out at school, “Oh to be out in the big wide world, I wish I could trot” he said. “Done! I can grant horses’ wishes” said the snow-white unicorn (Unicorn: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. Raise your arms overhead, palms to touch). She turned to one side first (Warrior 2: Standing up, bring your feet wide apart placing them away from each other. Bend your front knee and bring your arms out to sides. Gaze over front fingertips), then turned to the other side (Revolved High Lunge: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. As you open your arms out wide, twist your upper body towards your bent knee). And the horse’s wish came true.

Now Sugarlump was a farmer’s horse (Horse: Step one foot forward and put your back knee down, tucking the toes. Sweep your arms up, palms to touch above your head). Pulling his cart and load, he trotted along the road. “Here in the open countryside is where I like to be. This is the life for me!” he said. But time went by and the hills grew hard. Sugarlump hung his head (Bow Down Horse: Step one foot forward and put your back knee down. Bring both hands down on either side of your foot with the head on the front knee. Push the chest towards the thigh). “Oh, to be free of this heavy load, I wish I could gallop!” he said. “Done!” came the voice of the unicorn (Unicorn: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. Raise your arms overhead, palms to touch). She turned to one side first (Warrior 2: Standing up, bring your feet wide apart placing them away from each other. Bend your front knee and bring your arms out to sides. Gaze over front fingertips), then turned to the other side (Revolved High Lunge: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. As you open your arms out wide, twist your upper body towards your bent knee). And the horse’s wish came true.

Now Sugarlump was a racing horse with a jockey on his back (Road Runner: Standing up, keep your feet hip distance wide. Step one of your legs back toes tucked under. Bend your front knee placing your hands into a runner’s lunge. Raise the head in line with the spine). They thundered down the track. “Here on this famous racecourse is where I like to be. This is the life for me!” he said. But time went by and the jumps grew hard. Sugarlump hung his head (Bow Down Horse: Step one foot forward and put your back knee down. Bring both hands down on either side of your foot with the head on the front knee. Push the chest towards the thigh). “Oh, to slow down and have some fun, I wish I could dance!” he said. “Done!” came the voice of the unicorn (Unicorn: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. Raise your arms overhead, palms to touch). She turned to one side first (Warrior 2: Standing up, bring your feet wide apart placing them away from each other. Bend your front knee and bring your arms out to sides. Gaze over front fingertips), then turned to the other side (Revolved High Lunge: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. As you open your arms out wide, twist your upper body towards your bent knee). And the horse’s wish came true.

Kids Yoga Flow of the Story with Stick Figures

Now Sugarlump was a circus horse with his tail tied in a bow. Dancing and prancing around the rig, he was the star of every show (Dancing Cat: Come on all four placing the palms on the floor just below the shoulders and place the knees at hip distance apart. Raise one leg bending at the knee and reach your opposite hand around grab your foot or ankle. Look straight ahead). “Here in this splendid circus is where I like to be. Dancing and prancing, this is the life for me!” he said. But time went by, and the children’s cheers made Sugarlump hang his head (Bow Down Horse: Step one foot forward and put your back knee down. Bring both hands down on either side of your foot with the head on the front knee. Push the chest towards the thigh). “Oh, for a child to ride me, I want to go home!” he said (House: Open your legs wide but a comfortable distance apart. Lift your arms up over your head bringing your hands together.). “Done!” came the voice of the unicorn (Unicorn: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. Raise your arms overhead, palms to touch). She turned to one side first (Warrior 2: Standing up, bring your feet wide apart placing them away from each other. Bend your front knee and bring your arms out to sides. Gaze over front fingertips), then turned to the other side (Revolved High Lunge: Step your left foot forward, keeping your left knee bent. Come up onto the toes of the right foot. As you open your arms out wide, twist your upper body towards your bent knee). And the horse’s wish came true.

Sugarlump was a rocking horse (Rocking Horse: Lying on your stomach with your legs hip width apart, bend your knees, feet up and towards your bottom. Sweep your arms around and grasp the outside of the ankles or feet. Lifting your head, try to raise the knees and chest higher). But time had flown, and the girl and boy had grown and forgotten their favorite toy. Alone in the attic, Sugarlump sighed “I wish I had never been born!” “But I have a better wish for you” came the voice of the unicorn. She pawed the ground and tossed her mane. The unicorn’s wish came true (Magic Spell: Step one foot forward and turn the back toes out to the side. Bend your front knee and extend the arms wide. Drop your back arm toward your back leg. Lift your front arm straight up, reaching your fingertips toward the sky. Gaze up at your fingertips overhead)!

Now Sugarlump is a fairground horse on a beautiful merry-go-round. Merrily up he rises and merrily down to the ground (Carousel Horse: Step one foot forward and put your back knee down. Stretch your arms out wide, turning the shoulders and the chest towards the bent knee). “Here in this fabulous fairground is where I love to be. Merrily, merrily, round and round, this is the life for me!” he said. So Sugarlump is a happy horse. The children are happy too. And the unicorn with the silver horn closes her eyes of blue.

Relaxation:

Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world. But when a magical unicorn grants his wish and turns him into a real horse, he soon discovers there’s no match for the fun of playing with children. After trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Yet, it is still not too late to change his mind. He tried and tried, gained experience about the world, and finally made a decision. And that is always okay. You may not always discover for the first time which one is better for you. The important thing is to be courageous and give it a chance. You can make mistakes, and this is so normal. If you see your mistakes as new experiences, then you may have some fun… When you are ready move your fingers and toes, hug your knees into your chest. Roll over onto your side. We press ourselves up to sit, crossing our legs. We bring our hands together at our heart. Thank you for doing yoga with me today. Namaste!