SHHHH! Yoga inspired games can be quiet, loud, inspiring, thoughtful and of course a lot of fun. Most of these games can be played using things you already have at home. Yoga games are a great alternative to electronics and help the whole family come together for a meaningful and fun time that creates lasting experiences. One of my favorite games inspired from Radiant Child Yoga is the bell game. Quiet games help children appreciate the quiet, and develop concentration and focus. Below are a few “Quiet” games to try at home.
The Bell Game: The goal is to not let the bell make a sound. It is always fun before the game starts to shake the bell as loud as you can. This helps children to not be tempted to ring the bell during the game. Everyone sits in a circle. You can make this circle as big or as small depending on age and ability. Using a bell, the teacher or parent begins the game by placing it in front of a child. That child stands then picks up the bell and walks it slowly to place it in front of a friend. This goes on till everyone has a turn. As time goes on children become experts at this game so feel free to spice it up and have them walk backwards or widen the circle for a farther walking distance.
Balloon Game: Everyone sits in a circle. One person starts with the balloon between their feet. the balloon must be passed from person to person without using hands or touching the floor.
Copy Cat Game: Siting in a circle one person starts making a movement. This movement copied by the next person sitting clockwise before this child gets to make up their own movement. Continue the process creating a waterfall effect. Movements should be silent and seated. Children love thinking up silly movements and seeing friends and especially parents copy them!
Feather Game: Sitting in a circle one person leaves the circle and closes their eyes. A feather is hid under one person in the circle. Once hidden call the person back to the circle. They slowly walk around everyone looking for hints or signs of who might be hiding the feather. Each guesser gets two or three turns depending on how many people are playing. The guesser gently taps the person on the head they think is hiding it. That person shakes their head “yes” or “no” to answer. The person who was hiding the feather now leaves the circle and becomes the guesser. This goes on until everyone has a turn.
Telegraph Game: Siting or standing in a circle holding hands, one person begins by passing a squeeze around the circle. When you feel your hand squeezed you pass it on. Try switching directions. This game promotes left/right brain coordination and is especially beneficial for children with SPD.
Hoola Hoop Game: Children stand in a circle, one person with the hoola hoop on through their arm. Children hold hands and pass the hoola hoop around the circle from person to person without breaking the circle of hands. This makes for some creative movements and strategies to get it all the way around.