Spending time on a farm is always very entertaining for kids. They meet a lot of farm animals. They see grown vegetables and fruits. They enjoy the nature. Let’s go to a farm, then!
Sitting with our legs out forward and holding the massive steering wheel we bump and bend our legs as we steer side to side stretching each way as we go, up hills (leaning back) and down hills (folding forward) (Bumpy Truck). Let’s sing a song in the meantime: Old MacDonald Had a Farm…
We have arrived. But first, we need to open the gate (Gate: Come to two knees, then stick one leg out to the side, reach up with one arm and tilt over towards your stretched leg to open up the gate. Don’t forget to close it on the other side).
Look! Cows are eating grass in the meadow. (Cow: On all fours, round your back up and then down)
There is a poultry house over there. Can you hear the voice of the roosters? (Chicken: Bend your knees deeply, sinking down until your hips are lower than your knees. Bring your palms together at heart center. Push your elbows into your knees to open your hips) They say “Good morning!”. Let’s reach up with joy to the beautiful sun and say “Hello Sun”.
The donkeys are playing together (Donkey Kicks: Pressing into your hands and feet like dog pose, we tilt forwards, so our arms are straight, then we spring up one foot at a time, like a donkey doing a kick… on our way to handstand).
The horses are resting in the barn (Horse: One knee down, one knee up. Lift and join your hands up high above your head / House/Barn: Standing with your legs wide, hands together above your head, making a pointy roof).
The pigs are playing in the mud (Pig/Happy Baby: Lying on our backs, we bend our knees and take hold of our feet, keeping the soles of our feet facing up to the sky).
The goats seem to be ready for milking (Goat: Sitting tall, legs out long, we bend one knee up. We hug that knee, then placing our hand behind us, bring our other elbow round to the outside of the knee, looking back over our shoulder).
The cat is chasing the mouse (Cat: On all fours, round your back up, then down / Mouse: We kneel down and tuck ourselves into a little tiny ball, like a mouse).
The sheepdog is resting under the apple tree (Dog: We press our feet and hands into the floor as we lift our bottoms to the sky, going woof woof / 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).
The rabbit family is having their lunch with some carrots and lettuce (Hare: Coming to our knees we lean forward a little then cross our hands behind our back. As we fold all the way forward our arms lift up to the sky like very long hare ears).
Can you hear the sounds of the honey bees (Bee: Taking a deep breath in, we close our ears and eyes and hum a buzzy bumble bee breath out).
I am so tired now. Let’s have some rest on a bale of hay (Relaxation: We lie back, our arms and legs heavy and long. Close your eyes and enjoy this rest).
If you would like to combine farm yoga lesson plan with a lovely farm story, please read the Squash and a Squeeze.