This picture may look like I am torturing my child, but we are playing the Burrito game!
I learned the Burrito game when I attended my Itsy Bitsy Yoga training ( I have been a Certified Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator since 2006).
It is a fun game to play when your yoga class has started to loose their attention span. This redirects them, helps get some energy out and then they have some more focus for poses afterward.
I love group yoga classes, but a home practice is just as important, especially for kids.
And so is playing with your little one. I know that sometimes I struggle with figuring out how to play with Penelope. Most of the time I just follow her lead, she is making up all kinds of stories and adventures right now, but sometimes it’s nice to have something to pull out of your hat for them.
So to play Yoga Burrito, get out your yoga mat and lay it face down. Then tell your little one that you are gonna roll them up like a burrito!
Start rolling them up, nice and slow at first, and make sure they don’t get scared, let them know you can stop at anytime if they don’t like it. You can speed it up later if you like, but be careful of their necks. Always leave their head out of the burrito.
Once you roll them up, you can play that you are gonna “eat” your burrito, giving them lots of smiles and eye contact.
After several rounds of you rolling up your little one, tell them to go get a doll or stuffed toy so they can play Yoga Burrito with their toys.
Playing with your child is wonderful, because it helps you get down to their eye level, it shows them that you value them and the things they like to do. All the touching and eye contact also make for great bonding too.
You can learn more about Itsy Bitsy Yoga here.