Thursday, October 25, 2012

Five Little Pumpkins

I absolutely love Halloween and everything it has to offer us. I have attached the classic Halloween poem, The 5 Little Pumpkins with added yoga movement, of course. You can add your own creativity. This specific layout is for children ages 3-9 years old and can be done in a classroom setting.

Download Poem and Color Page

Five Little Pumpkins
With Yoga Movement
Age Group: 3 to 12 years old or Pre-K to 5th grade

Related Book: Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
(You can share a book of your choice relating to Halloween or not share a book at all.)

Spooktacular Handout: Five Little Pumpkins Color Page

A fun way for kids to practice their breath is the Jack-o-Lantern posture. Children love to make spooky faces, and this pose actually exercises their facial muscles! Start in Easy pose (criss cross applesauce), breathing in and out through your nose. Next interlace your hands above your head and pretend to be a Jack-o-Lantern as you make a ghoulish smile. This can be done in the students desk chair as well.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
(Chair Pose – Extend both arms out in-front of you and squat down as far as you can, as if you were sitting in a chair.)

The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late.
(Stand in Mountain pose, pointing to your wrist pretending you are wearing a watch)

The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
(Chest opener with arms interlocked behind the back looking up at the witches in the air.)

The third on said, “But we don’t care”
(Standing Spinal Twist – Extend both arms out to either side and twist at the waist from side to side.)

The fourth one said, “Let’s run, let’s run.”
(Run in Place)

The fifth one said, “Isn’t Halloween fun.”
(Squat down (Garland pose) hands in prayer mudra and jump throwing arms up in the air with excitement)

Then Woooooooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights
(Swaying Tree – Standing tall, stretch right arm down the side of your right leg and reach with your left arm straight above the head. Bend to the right side. Switch sides.)

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
If you are in a classroom atmosphere (no space) have the student sit in their chair and rest their head on their arm and relax. If you have room (on a yoga mat) have the student rest in Child’s Pose.


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