Unicorn Yoga Cards
Print off these cute unicorn yoga cards and add gross motor coordination, strengthening, and motor planning to a unicorn theme. These Unicorn Yoga cards are a tool to support self-regulation, core strength, balance, and coordination skills.
Use these printable unicorn themed yoga activities as brain breaks, transition tasks, or for fun movement activities.
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Yoga, along with other forms of exercise, is great for developing balance, strength, coordination, muscle control, stretching, as well as relaxation and stress reduction. Unicorn yoga is no different. Children can mimic these fun poses while developing critical skills.
This downloadable PDF includes several pages of unicorn yoga poses. The cute poses will help motivate reluctant learners to try something new. The poses come with instructions to help understand how to position the body. This is great news, as some of the poses are fairly abstract. Use this to your advantage with hints below.
How to use the Unicorn Yoga PDF cards:
- Lowest level learners can look at the cards, then imitate a human making these poses
- Middle level learners can guess what the poses are based on the picture, then try and mimick them. They may be able to follow the verbal directions without an adult instructing them
- Higher level learners can discuss the poses, read the description, then try and create the positions. They could also describe the poses to a peer in their own language.
- Laminate the page for reusability. This saves on resources.
- Make this part of a larger lesson plan including gross motor, sensory, social, executive function, or fine motor skills
- Print in black and white or color for different levels of difficulty
- Talk about the unicorns, describe their characteristics, and turn it into a larger lesson plan
- Project this page onto a smart board for students view in larger form
- More or less prompting may be needed to grade the activity to make it easier or harder.
- More advanced learners can work on social skills by teaching beginners to play
- Copy the poses and send home as part of a sensory diet or home program
- Learners can explore other games they could make using this activity
- Students can color and decorate the pages before they are laminated to build in fine motor skills
- Add glitter! Glitter makes everything wonderful
What skills are addressed using Unicorn Yoga cards?
- Kinesthetic awareness – This means learning by doing. The body learns the feel of the movements by practicing them
- Hand strength and dexterity – staying on the lines when coloring the pictures builds hand muscles and develops muscle control. Deep pressure on the hands and wrists during poses improves strength
- Visual Perception, Form constancy – realizing this picture of a unicorn does not look exactly like the yoga pose and translating this information
- Sequencing – will your learner do the cards in order? Will they look for the easy and obvious ones first? Will they go in a haphazard pattern?
- Proprioception – pressure on muscles and joints as they are moved through the poses. Proprioception helps with motor control as well as self regulation/organization
- Social/Executive Function – Following directions, turn taking, task completion, orienting to details, multi-tasking, attending to task, and impulse control can be addressed using these Unicorn Yoga cards
- Copying – copying poses when described auditorily, seen visually on paper, or by demonstration
- Bilateral coordination – Does your learner use both hands equally well? Is one side stronger than the other?
- Strength – core strength, shoulder and wrist stability, head control, balance, and hand strength are all needed for yoga poses
- Following directions, turn taking, waiting, social skills, compliance, behavior, and work tolerance
- Vestibular input – as the head is moved during the unicorn yoga poses, the inner ear receives data from the environment and sends feedback about position and movement
- Motor Planning – the learner has to determine how to move their body into the correct position. Arms first? Legs? All at once?
Clinical Observations using Unicorn Yoga Cards
- The percentage of correct poses
- How many verbal cues does the learner need to complete the pose
- What kind of physical assist does the learner need
- How long can the learner hold the pose before falling
- Does the learner need visual, auditory cues, or both
- Attention to detail, following directions, prompts and reminders needed, level of assistance given