Based in San Francisco, iteachkids.org is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru. HER posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.

Flag stretch

Flag stretch

We have been talking about flags for the past few weeks and so it should be no surprise that it is still the topic of conversation this week.

Why have we been talking about flags? Because we are exploring our carnival theme, specifically Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago and flags are quite popular during that time.

With a couple of fun flag activities already in the bag, we still had to come up with one more activity, this time a yoga activity. We thought of just doing a simple flag pose to replicate a flag on a flagpole, but we weren't quite satisfied with that activity inspiration.

So we thought a little more and figured an activity that can show the movement of a flag on a flagpole when blowing in the wind would be one that would enable our students to make that connection between how their body moves in relation to how the flag moves.

That said, the following activity is a supine spinal twist. The focus of this activity is to allow students to make the physical and practical connection between the movement of their body to a flag and a flagpole. While the spine and the grounded leg and arm represent the flagpole, the other free arm and leg will represent the flag. Students will begin laying on their backs and move through this twist on both sides of their bodies, mimicking the motion of a flag blowing from side to side on a flagpole.

How did it go?

Perfect. It was such a learning experience for our students. We do twist poses all the time and even from the beginning, it was simple for our students to understand and follow along. Once we added the flag movement relation to it, it really opened up their eyes to the different ways movement connects us to and with things around us. It was a nice eye-opening experience for us all as it made us - students included - really examine and become more aware of our bodies and the way it moves in relation to other things. Once our students understood the concept, we were able to play around with different flows i.e on a really windy day the flag would be blowing rapidly versus slowly on a day with light wind.

One suggestion to make this activity a bit more visually relatable would be to show your students how a flag moves when it is on a flag pole blowing in the wind. Whether you show them by demonstrating the movement using your body or show them a video of it. Once they see how it actually moves, then it might be easier for them to replicate it.


Take a look!

If you are looking for an activity that can really encourage your students to think more about their movement and its worldly connections, then we urge you to take a look at our video. If you don't know what a spinal twist looks like, then you will be able to learn how to do it and while looking at the twist you will understand why this pose most accurately connects with the movement of a flag on a flagpole.

Blow In The Wind,

Tiva & Randa

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