We love simple totschooling ideas that will keep the youngest members of the family occupied while mom works or older children are completing their more serious school lessons. We have an entire series on no-prep totschooling activities that you can check out here.
Simple Totschooling Ideas: Instant Yoga
Bo is an active little girl. We rarely can get through a restaurant meal without regretting it because she pops out of her seat so often. Josh and I often wonder how other children are content to just sit in their high chairs and eat like mini-adults. These children seem alien-like, but it might be Bo who is the alien.
A lot of simple totschooling ideas are amazing, but Bo simply doesn’t want to sit still for them. She would rather climb up on the table and jump down 100 times than sit and color a page. So for Bo, we had to get a bit more creative.
This is how we came up with the idea for Instant Yoga.
Monkey is athletic and can stand on her head and hands. Bo, always wanting to be like big sister, has tried unsuccessfully many times to stand on her head as well.
In Instant Yoga, we allowed Bo to show us the moves she could do.
Bo came up with three moves:
This move is basically downward dog, but it looks different on a toddler. Bo used this as a base to try to get into her headstand pose, which never quite worked out for her.
The half-headstand is the toddler bridge with one foot raised up toward the back of the body. With much effort, Bo was almost able to stand on her head for a second before toppling over into a somersault.
This is a reverse bridge. Lying on their back, the toddler stretches their legs over their face. I was actually amazed Bo could do this. There is no way I could!
Of course, big sister had to get in on the action, which turned our Instant Yoga session into playtime, but sometimes we all need a roughhousing break!