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A Fun Break Involving Small Children

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I’ve been watching my 2 year old niece over the last few days while my sister is recovering from giving birth. My niece and my 4 year old son play very nicely together, but at the end of the day I still get a little tired. And on Friday I discovered a great break you can take that involves the kids. So even if you don’t have kids, bookmark this for the next time you have babysitting duty!

The Young Kiddie Yoga Massage Break

Here’s what you do:

1. Stretching. Invite the kids over to join you in some simple stretches on the floor. Show them different stretches and say “Can you do this too?” And then give lots of praise. Do this for 5 minutes or as long as they’ll play along. Try toe touches, child pose, downward dog, upward dog, cat/dog tilts, torso twisting, and arm movements.

2. Play. Next let the kids lead the way with fun stuff like crawling under you, rolling, light wrestling, and lots of laughing. 5-10 minutes.

3. Kiddie Crawling Massage. You lie down on your stomach and invite the kids to walk or crawl all over you. You can rest your eyes while they do this. They will most likely love this opportunity to do something so silly as walk on a grownup. And here’s the best part, you get a little eye rest and a free massage! Feel free to incorporate lots of laughing, sound effects, and even music too.

4. Disclaimer: I’ve only tried this will small kids under 5 years old. Not sure if it would work with older kids, but you can try. Let the kiddies know the ground rules like no pushing, jumping, or walking on your head! 🙂 Be sure that there is nothing they can hurt themselves on if they fall while walking on your back. Crawling is probably the safest way to do it.


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8 Responses to A Fun Break Involving Small Children

  1. Toronto Maid Service January 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm #

    These are awesome suggestions. I have a five year old son. Since we was about three years old he would always love doing these kinds of things. His favorite was to preten to be tigers and walk around the house / his room roaring and gently wrestling. Now that he’s five his favorite game to play with me is rather simple but funny. I sit on the floor and whistle while pretending not to see him and he does the same as he walks towards me. When he gets near I grab him and tickle him while hugging him. He laughs and laughs! He’d do this for hours if I did not get tired of laughing!

    Often times kids just need a little attenting without any elaborate games or rules.

    His other favorite – folding laundry with me. Now that’s relaxing 🙂

  2. image consultant January 22, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    Bookmarked! and I love the photo.

  3. UK Celebrity News January 23, 2008 at 10:47 am #

    Useful topic and suggestion. Great for parents.

  4. alio January 23, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    Oh, these are GREAT ideas! I will definitely use these ‘activities’ next time I watch my nephews. Stretching and massage are two of my favorite things. Thanks so much for sharing your successful kid watching tips! 🙂

  5. Jan January 24, 2008 at 11:00 am #

    huh nice ideas and great photo. I’m definitely trying this out at my nieces.

  6. Losing Weight Quickly January 31, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    Ha ha! this is great, I do this often but without step 1. I’ll have to add that in. Thanks.

  7. Loskas June 5, 2008 at 6:10 am #

    Hehe, love these. Young kids must love these.
    The massage-one made me smile. 😀

  8. Kimberly September 11, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    For the first time in my daughter’s 4 year old life, I find myself a stay at home mom. I’m really excited about trying these ‘activities’. I’m so glad I found your website. Thanks for the suggestions.

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