I love gameschooling for so many reasons! Gameschooling allows parents to have fun with their children while learning important academic and social skills.
But did you know you can also learn coping skills while gaming? It’s true!
Yoga Spinner Game: Encourage Mindfulness and Teach Coping Skills
*Disclosure: I received Yoga Spinner Game at no cost in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review and, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy.
Yoga Spinner Game: Learn Mindfulness and Coping Skills through Play!
Yoga Spinner Game is an award-winning game designed for ages 5 and up and is ideal for 2 or more players. The game includes a spinner and playing cards in red, green, white, and blue.
To play, players sit in a circle and players take turns using the spinner and selecting cards of the appropriate color. Each card contains a yoga pose and the player must hold that pose for 10 seconds in order to keep the card.
White cards are cooperative cards and require two players to work together on a particular pose.
The first player to obtain one card of each color wins the game.
This game is versatile! I love finding high-quality games that encourage movement!
I have Yoga Spinner Game on cruddy days when the weather is not cooperating, as a way to wear the kids out indoors. I’ve also used Yoga Spinner Game just before bed as a way to calm the kids down at the end of the day.
Here are some of the reasons why we love Yoga Spinner Game:
- Great for multiple ages and multiple children.
- A game that adults can enjoy, too.
- Improves coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and mood.
- Encourages physical activity and health.
- Great practice in following directions.
- Teaches mindfulness and improves focus and mood.
- Portable and affordable.
- Great alternative to screen time.
As the mother of a child with sensory processing disorder, I found Yoga Spinner Game to be a useful tool. Many of the cards, while fun for my son, help to work on weaknesses such as body awareness and crossing the midline.
Here are some ways that we built upon the fun and made the game even more challenging:
I have been working on mindfulness with my children for several years. Because of this, they are quite familiar with yoga. Once we got the hang of playing Yoga Spinner Game we decided to increase the fun and challenge by doing the following:
- We required every player to try each card’s pose.
- We tried holding each pose for 30 seconds.
- For especially challenging poses, we had contests to see who could hold the pose the longest.
ThinkFun’s Yoga Spinner Game is the perfect game for:
- Team-building activity
- Group therapy
As a former school psychologist and homeschooling mom, I could see this game being used in a variety of ways. I hope your family, or your students, love it as much as we do!
Do you love games and gameschooling?
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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