Are you looking for something different and fun to do with your kids this summer? If so, check out the recipes and movement activities below. These delicious healthy snacks will be a huge hit with your kids! You can also add a little movement to your day by practicing these three yoga bug/insect poses. Feel free to get creative and make up your own bug/insect yoga pose! Pretending to be insects, bugs, and creepy crawlers can make yoga fun!
The Colorful Caterpillar Fruit Kabob Start with a wood skewer. Add grapes about 1/3 of the way down the skewer. Slice the greens off the top of a strawberry and add for the head.
Caterpillar Yoga Pose Lie on your belly with arms along your side and palms down. Lift your head, chest, arms, and legs off the ground, resting on your belly. Don’t forget to breathe while you hold your pose!
- Cut the celery into pieces and slice to make a flat surface.
- Fill the celery with cream cheese (I prefer Philadelphia Cream Cheese) or peanut butter.
- Cut raisins or dried cherries in half and place them on the cream cheese for the eyes or antennas.
- Push the pretzel twists on the cream cheese for wings.
Butterfly Yoga Pose Sit on the floor and bring your feet and toes together. Flap your knees (wings) up and down and bring your fingers to either side of your head to make antennas. What does your butterfly look like?
Ladybugs Resting on a Leaf
- Cut the celery into pieces and slice to make a flat surface for the leaf.
- Fill the celery with cream cheese (I prefer Philadelphia Cream Cheese).
- Add the “ladybugs” by pressing the dried cherries on the cream cheese.
Ladybug Yoga Pose Come into a child’s pose gently placing your head down. Lift your arms up and behind you, palms facing down. Flutter your wings while lifting your head and rest peacefully on a leaf!
Suggested Books to use with these activities:
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! By: Bob Barner
The Very Hungry Caterpillar By: Eric Carle
The Grouchy Ladybug By: Eric Carle
Ladybugs By: Gail Gibbons
Waiting for Wings By: Lois Ehlert
Yoga Bug By: Sarah Jane Hinder
Guest Blogger: Christina Benedict, Early Childhood Consultant for Wayne RESA Great Start Readiness Program
Great Start Readiness Program is a Michigan state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to Wayne RESA to administer the program locally.
These blogs were developed and funded under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.
Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.