Early Childhood: Where the Wild Things Are

Early Childhood: Where the Wild Things Are


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak was my most favorite book as a child. I made my mom read it to me constantly! Now, as an adult working with kids, I use it all the time for yoga, as well as to work on vocabulary, storytelling, and emotions.  It’s an all-around book and should be on every bookshelf, in my opinion. 

The asana/movement part of this lesson plan works up toward Wild Thing pose, which can be tricky for some kids. But even with the challenge, most kids love to give it a go. I strongly encourage you to be available to support each kid as they try to “flip” into Wild Thing, at least the first time.

If you’re so inclined, you could incorporate a guided meditation into savasana. To do so, have the kids lie down with their eyes closed and verbally guide them to their own "Wild Things" place where a forest grows in their room, a boat takes them across the sea, and they meet loving, kind creatures from another world. 

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