Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories and today she shares one of her favorite Spanish songs for kids with yoga! Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi and mom to write her stories found at Kids Yoga Stories or on Amazon worldwide.
For many parents, “Old MacDonald” is a household staple that we remember from our own childhoods. So it’s a great introduction to another language for the little ones—and maybe even for the adults around the house. With kids yoga, you can learn the language of movement, too!
Can you imagine waddling like a duck in your living room while singing “Old MacDonald” in Spanish? It’s actually a really fun way to learn Spanish with your little one. Learning a new language can be good for your mind and body. My daughter and I have recently discovered how well music, movement, and learning Spanish go together.
I picked up the Esta es Mi Tierra (This Land is My Land) CD by Jose-Luis Orozco , thanks to the recommendations of a few friends in the Multicultural Kid Blogs group. There are other versions of the song in Spanish too, like En la granja de mi tío. When “Old MacDonald” started, we acted out each of the animals with kids yoga poses. It was cool to watch my daughter making the connection between the Spanish words, actions, and animal sounds. Read on and join in on acting out Spanish songs for kids, too.
How to act out Juancho Pancho with kids yoga poses
Each chorus starts out with: “Juancho Pancho tiene un rancho. En ese rancho tiene…” Then it introduces each of the animals in the list below. Act out each animal as you sing along. Focus on having fun, not on perfectly aligned yoga poses. Even if you’ve never done yoga before, just give it a go. Below, you’ll find the animal name in English and Spanish, the corresponding yoga poses, and a description of how to do the pose. For visuals of the poses, see Kids Yoga Poses. For pictures of the animals, bring out your favorite Old MacDonald book. You can purchase Juancho Pancho on Amazon.
Juancho Pancho tiene un rancho. En ese rancho tiene…
Cow – Cow Pose
Come down to all fours, look up, open your chest, and arch your back. Moo like a cow.
Cat – Cat Pose
From all fours, tuck your chin into your chest and round your back. Meow like a cat.
Dog – Downward-Facing Dog Pose
Step back to hands and feet like an upside-down V, with your palms flat on the floor. Bark like a dog.
Rooster – Pigeon Pose
From Downward-Facing Dog Pose, bring your right foot to rest behind your right hand. Placing your right foot slightly inwards, perch like a rooster. You could take one hand over your head to show the red comb on top of its head. Switch legs and repeat pose. Crow like a rooster.
Frog – Squat Pose
Come up to a squat with your knees wide and your hands down on the floor in front of you. Jump up and ribbit like a frog.
Pig – Happy Baby Pose
Lie on your back with your chin tucked in, hug your knees into your chest, then grab the outer soles of your feet with both of your hands. Roll in the mud and oink like a pig.
Donkey – Three-Legged Dog Pose
Come back up to hands and feet, to make an upside-down V, and gently lift one leg at a time. Hee-haw like a donkey.
Duck – Squat Pose
Come forward to a squat and waddle like a duck. Bend your elbows and flap your wings. Quack like a duck.
The next song on Esta es mi Tierra is “Old MacDonald” in English. So you can repeat the whole sequence to reinforce the actions. What other Spanish songs for kids could you act out with kids yoga poses? I would love to see your recommendations for other fun Spanish songs. Gracias!
For ideas on how we create a language-rich home, see Spanish for Toddlers.
Check out El ABC de los Animales Australianos, an alphabet yoga book that you can act out while learning about unique Australian animals. Get details and free kids yoga resources in your inbox by signing up for Giselle’s weekly Kids Yoga Stories Newsletter on her website or check her out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.