This month our Baby Toddler Book Club was all about physical activity! And really, with a group of 2-year olds, is there a better theme?? If you believe reading to be a sedentary activity, then take a look at what we did at our meeting this month to find a surprising amount of reading AND movement!
We read Hey! Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton this month. In Sandra Boynton’s silly style, she recounts morning routines: yawning, stretching, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and going out to play.
We incorporated physical activity into our meeting in two ways. First, we collaborated with Kids Yoga Stories, who developed toddler yoga positions to correspond to a series of lines from the book. One of the mommies and toddlers in our group who regularly do yoga together led us in the following adapted Sun Salutation. Below, I have included the lines from the book followed by the positions that Kids Yoga Stories identified to correspond.
“Yawn.” – Mountain Pose (stand tall)
“Stretch.” – Extended Mountain Pose (arms stretched up, look up to sun)
“Touch your toes.” – Standing Forward Bend (bend at waist, reach for your toes)
“Shimmy shimmy shimmy.” – Cobra Pose (lie on belly, lift head and shoulders, look up)
“Wiggle your nose.” – Downward-Facing Dog Pose (push back to hands-and-feet, and wiggle nose)
“Shout out loud:” – Standing Forward Bend (jump up to standing forward bend)
“GOOD MORNING SUN!” – Extended Mountain Pose
“HAPPY MORNING, EVERYONE!” – Mountain Pose
You can see the adorable pictures of the toddlers attempting some of the yoga positions in the photo slideshow at the end of the post.
The second way that we incorporated physical activity into our meeting was through free play at the playground where we met for our meeting. In the book, the characters play basketball, swing, “try out the jump rope” (a favorite with our little toddlers), and slide down the slide. So that’s exactly what we did! We used the swings and slides at the playground and brought a child sized basketball hoop, a few jump ropes, and some extra balls and let the kids go at it!
At the end of our book, the characters come inside for a morning snack of milk, cookies, and broccoli stew. At the end of OUR kiddos’ playtime, we had our own snack of “broccoli stew,” which was actually Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup from Eating Well Magazine. The recipe is a favorite in our house, is really easy, and super healthy. You can find the recipe at this link: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/broccoli_cannellini_bean_cheddar_soup.html. A few kids weren’t sure about the soup but it was a BIG hit with some others.
We had a great time moving our way through this month’s meeting! We are so grateful to Kids Yoga Stories for the fun collaboration. If you are looking for more ways to incorporate yoga into your child’s life, check out the Kids Yoga Stories site for wonderful resources and explore the unique yoga infused children’s books, which would provide great frameworks for book club meetings as well!
Next month, fall will be slowly rolling our way and we’ll acknowledge the change in seasons with the book, Leaves, by David Ezra Stein. Also, be on the lookout for a new series on our blog!