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Hey friends! I got an email from a subscriber today asking for some ideas for the game, “Yogi Says.”
Now, I did not invent this game, either the “Simon says” version or the newer adapted version of Yogi Says… But I do enjoy the game and I have played it quite a bit with my students.
I’ve got lots of ideas for these things, my dears.
Yogi Says is fun for kids! It’s easy to do in 2 minutes. Most kids know how to play! It’s competitive in a way that doesn’t make kids cry.
They really like having leadership opportunities. Especially at ages 7 and up.
Before that, they may be a bit forgetful and not as able to remember what poses or actions they can do.
The best way to set up this game for your students or children is for you to start as the
leader, or yogi.
Tell kids they have to do what you do, but ONLY if “Yogi Says.” Then you proceed to say either “Yogi says _______ (action word).” Or just say ” _______ (action word).”
If you don’t say “Yogi Says,” first, then the students who did the action are “out.” BUT they don’t have to sit down. It’s better if you just go “Oohhhh, I got you!” or “Oops! Yogi didn’t say!!!” and then let them stay standing. At least for the first few rounds and until they get really good at it.
Keep the pace of the game moving.
Use the list I am including below to get these ideas in your head and just roll through them really quickly. Kids like when things are fast paced.
Check out this post on Active Kid’s Classes for more on how to teach to active kids and set up classroom behavior expectations.
Let them be leaders once they know LOTS of poses and actions
Plenty of kids will LOVE to be chosen as the leader of the game. Some kids, depending on their age,
And they REALLY listen to each other well. Usually better than they listen to me. *shrug* Also, make sure to remind them to:
Make sure they keep their bodies in their own space or on their own yoga mat
That should be a rule all the time but it’s good to remind them again before a fast-paced game like this one. Here are a few more games I like to play with kiddos at my school!
Download a free PDF of the whole list of Yogi Says prompts from my free resources library here, plus other yoga games and mindfulness activities!
Ok, here are the prompts for Yogi says! Enjoy 🙂
- Tree Pose
- Frog hops
- Warrior 1
- Hop on your right/left foot
- Pat your head
- Reach for the stars
- Chair Pose
- Shrug your shoulders
- Warrior 2
- Roll your shoulders
- Cobra Pose
- Move like a robot
- Rub your ears
- Turn around
- Dancer Pose
- Shake your right/left leg
- Low Lunge
- Click your heels
- Wobbly knees
- Forward Fold
- Warrior 3
- High Plank
- Run in place
- Wiggle your arms
- Scrunch your nose
- Downward dog
- Stomp your feet
- Raise your right/left hand
- Shake your hips
- Thumbs up
- Surfer Pose
- Star Pose
- One foot up!
- Airplane Pose
- Bunny hops
- Show your teeth
- Shark Pose
- Swim in place
- Touch your elbows
- Wave at a friend
- Wiggle your eyebrows
- Triangle Pose
- Give yourself a hug
- Twist at your waist
- Pretend to climb stairs
- Eagle Pose
- Balance on your toes
- Make a silly face
- March in place
- Circle your arms
Enjoy!! What other poses and movements have you done with kiddos?
With more space, you can definitely add in more action movements, and animal movements. Those are always a big hit. Especially for kids 7 and under.
Have fun and keep doing yoga.
Check out these other popular kids yoga games posts:
- How to Play Engagingly Creative Kids Yoga Games with Your Kids or Students
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- 5 Active Kids Yoga Games to Have Fun in a Group