When teaching children yoga you always need a number of yoga games at your disposal. Stimulating short term memory during a game helps teach this skill so it can be applied in school, work, and real-life situations. This game can easily take an entire class, is adaptable to any size group or time frame, and really gets everyone thinking.
Stand in a circle. The first person performs a pose of their choice. Everyone practices this pose and the second person adds another one. Everyone performs these two poses in order, then the third person adds a new, different pose to the chain. Continue on (working as a group to remember the order when necessary) until all students have had a chance to add a pose.
This is deceptively simple and definitely works the memory if you have a large class. With a small class, you may want to go around the circle twice. The teacher may have to prompt students who are having difficulty coming up with a new pose to add to the chain.
I often play this game when teaching the theme ‘The Pet Store’ where students choose animals that you would find at the pet store and we practice the associated pose. Be sure to download your FREE copy of this yoga adventure story and sign up for our fantastic newsletter.
Playing Add One definitely keeps the kids engaged and they are always eager to think of an animal or pose we haven’t yet suggested. Try it the next time you are teaching a class and let me know how it worked.