Yoga and Movement (April 2023)

This week we did a yoga and movement storytime! I rented yoga mats from our library system so every kid got to use a yoga mat and they were so excited about that.

Books We Read

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Plant a Kiss by Amy Rosenthal (do yoga movements with this read if kids can handle it: Yogi Librarian)

I am a Peaceful Goldfish by Shoshana Chaim and Lori Joy Smith

Unicorn Yoga by Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard

Songs We Sang

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

(Do this song with star pose every time you sing “star”)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

Eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

(I like to do this one slow, then fast, then let them do it as FAST as they can and they really get a kick out of that).

Bananas Unite!

Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas (x2)

Chop bananas, chop, chop bananas (x2)

Mash bananas, mash, mash bananas (x2)

Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas (x2)


Credit: Jbrary

Extend and Stretch

Extend and stretch (x2) (put one arm in the air and stretch to the side then switch sides)

Twist and turn (x2) (twist your back)

This is yoga (x2) (raise hands and then go into namaste)

Ohm sweet ohm (x2) (do a little bow with hands in prayer pose)

Credit: Yogi Librarian

Early Literacy Tip

Incorporating movement into storytimes allows children to engage in unique ways with words and text.

How it Went

This was a very unique storytime experience and unlike anything I had done before. The preschoolers just loved it and did really well with plant a kiss and doing different movements from the unicorn book. The toddlers also just love doing the movements from the Eric Carle book and I think that is a great choice for all ages.

I love the idea of this storytime and I will keep doing it. Eventually I would love to think of my own flows and maybe a craft or something that fits in with the theme. If you have ideas, let me know!