Children discover innovative ways to use the Octaband®
First impressions are important, when introducing the Octaband® to children as in other matters. Rosemary Clough gives the children in her yoga & creative movement class permission to explore. Rosemary is the founder and director of Creative Kids Yoga® Teacher Training, Moving Spirit LLC, and creator of Yoga Dots® and Creative Kids Yoga Deck®. I first met Rosemary 3.5 years ago, when we danced together in a Mettler-based creative dance workshop in Rockport, MA. (The upcoming 2018 Creative Dance Congress June 24- 29 is at Smith College in Northampton, MA. The Introductory Pre-Congress Mettler-based Dance Improvisation Workshop is June 23 – 24.)
Back to Rosemary, who brings a depth of experience and a playful approach to her classes, workshops and teacher trainings. She is passionate about sharing her wisdom with others and a generous soul. Rosemary shared how she used the Octaband® in her children’s groups this past week.
“I brought the Octaband® into my toddler class and laid out both the 8-leg and 16-leg Octaband®s on the floor. I watched as the kids came into the room, wondering how they would explore the Octaband®s and other items I had laid out as well. There were Yoga Dots, a couple of dice, and a hopscotch mat. The first child came in and went right to the small Octaband®. He got in the center of it, saying ‘I want to be wrapped up’. So he started wrapping all of the legs around him.
Then he emerged and said “’I’m a frog’ . He started jumping. Then he went to the 16-leg Octaband® and wanted to be wrapped up. This time he came out as a butterfly, a small mountain. So, it was really cool.
Other children arrived and wanted their turn being wrapped as well as a chance to emerge as something or their choice. The kids also loved getting underneath it, as well as sitting and rolling on the Octaband®. We looked at the colors: pink, blue, and lime green – they called it yellowish. We held the Octaband® legs and danced in a circle. Finally one of the the 3 y.o.s figured out there was a pattern to the colors of the arms, as we danced around. It was a really fun activity for everyone.
With the older kids class, I also laid out the Octaband®s. In addition, I had one Yoga Dot® at the end of each of the Octaband®‘s legs. I also had one of the cards with a yoga posture from my Creative Kids Yoga Deck® placed under each of the Yoga Dots®. I told the kids I wanted them to help me figure out how we were going to use this things. First, they wanted to leap from one Yoga Dot® to another, all the way around the circle. ‘Do you see any other way we could move with the Octaband®?’ One of the girls went in between the Octaband® outstretched legs, doing a little arabesque, as she went out and in. They wanted to count the legs. They also wanted to roll the dice and see where they would land, then count the number on the dice and jump fromYoga Dot® toYoga Dot®, until they landed on the correct Yoga Dot®, look at the posture underneath and create that posture in their body! I asked, ‘You were going in and out, what else could you do with the Octaband?® The kids began leaping over the Octaband®‘s legs. Toward the end of class, I gave each one of them a squiggly, little slimy thing which they put in the center of the Octaband®. ‘With the Octaband® looped over their wrists, we were heaving these things in the air. The kids were squealing with delight trying to keep them in the center of the Octaband®. They were also feeling a little competitive, and each hoped that his/hers would be last to fall off the Octaband®. Then we put the Octaband® leg loops on our ankles. We decided to slide in a circle, going one direction, then the other. Finally, we looped the Octaband® arms on one ankle and one arm. We noticed that each of us had to do the same ankle and arm, otherwise it didn’t balance. The kids had a great time, as did I!”
Want to learn more ways to use the Octaband® including with different populations? You can learn more by clicking on Children, Adolescents and Adults, and Special Populations. And, just an fyi, adults often want to use the Octaband® similarly to how children do. Given the opportunity to sit on and be under the Octaband®, this adult also chose to be wrapped up.
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