This week I’ve been spending my mornings with eight 5-7 year olds. It has been tons of fun but a lot of work to organize and pull off. The great benefit from creating the camp is that I have now developed a perfect system for birthday parties. Each camp day was 2 1/2 hours long and was divided into three segments. Yoga. Snack. Art

Yoga

We spent the first 45 minutes doing yoga. Each day there was a new class intention. Day 1 was breathing. The class started with different breathing activities depicting the different types of breath. I showed them breathing exercises to wake them up, make them relax and really rev up the body. We played many games all revolving around the breath with scarves, pom poms and balloons. I won’t go into the whole week’s curriculum here but Tuesday the class focus was animal poses and all things animal. Masks and animal cards made things fun. Day three was about telling stories and the class helped navigate a journey to the sea. Day 4 was all about games including a great yoga obstacle course. I loved this and will try to make this a bigger part of camp next week.

Snack

My plan was to have the kids make their healthy snacks each day. Day one was smoothies. Day two fruit kebobs with dips. Day three fruit mosaics on flavored cream cheese covered graham crackers and day four (I did initially get…”aw, not more fruit”) fruit faces with add-ons like chocolate chips, fruit loops, pretzels and graham crackers. The kids devoured the fruit each day and felt pride in making delicious and nutritious treats themselves.

Art Projects

I tried to tie the art projects to the class or snack. Day one we made giant pinwheels and made painting by blowing the paint around with straws. Day two we made two kinds of mandalas—we colored printouts and made great sand mandalas. Day three we made journals and a yoga camp mural and day four we made self-portraits and did face painting.

All in all it was a success. I have to go back to the drawing board a bit to tweak things for the 8-11 year olds next week. It will be interesting to see how the projects change with the older kids.

Have you run a yoga camp or lead a yoga birthday party? What are some of the ideas that have worked for you?

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