Winter animals do many things to prepare for the cold. Some of them hibernate, some migrate, while others adapt. I created this class based on many other awesome winter animal lesson plans and books I’ve read and used throughout the years. Zephyr actually gave me most of my ideas based on what he learned about hibernating animals in school! Also a big thank you to the Next Generation Yoga Winter Animals Lesson Plan and Kids Yoga Stories Book Jenny’s Winter Walk.
Winter Animals Yoga
1) Mountain Pose: Our mountains have snow at the top. Imagine the snow melting down our mountain. Bring your hands down from the top of your head to your sides.
2) Eagle Pose: Eagles and hawks use mountains to find their way during migration. Imagine you are an eagle, flying over the mountain ranges.
3) Warrior 3: Other birds like geese migrate South. Let’s imagine we are a flock of geese, heading south for the winter. What sounds do the geese make while they fly above?
4) Frog Pose: Frogs hibernate by hiding under the mud in
lakes. First we hop like a frog and then we rest in frog pose as if we are laying under the mud.
5) Turtle Pose: Turtles also hiberate under the mud in lakes. Imagine that there is mud covering your shell as you rest in turtle pose.
6) Bear Pose: Bears also hibernate by sleeping in caves for the winter. Walk like a bear until you find your cave and then hide inside until spring!
7) Snake Pose: Snakes find their friends and burrow into the sand to keep warm. After we stretch, we slither into our holes.
8) Bunny pose: An animal that adapts to the snow is the rabbit. They get more fur to keep them warm.
9) Bat Pose: Bats will either migrate south or hibernate in their caves. They hang upside down and stay warm until spring.
10) Relaxation: As we relax, we think about which animal we want to hibernate like. When we hibernate, we get still, calm and quiet like the animals. When it’s cold, they get still and peaceful.
What other animals hibernate in winter? Do you have any other ideas to add to this class?
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