I brought a Gerbera Daisy in for each child in the class, and we used them for lots of fun things.... We used them for meditating ("notice the color, the shape of the petals, the smell, the beauty..."). We used them for stretching ("lift your flower up in the sky, now reach to one side and the other with your flower.") We used them for balancing ("focus on your flower on the floor"). We also talked about watering flowers, and how they get droopy if you don't water them- then we talked about how our bodies get "droopy" if we don't give them water too.
W e also planted some seeds (Child's Pose) in our garden and grew into beautiful flowers and plants with a little water and sunshine. We became snakes, bees, butterflys, and frogs- all sorts of wonderful things that you find in a garden!
We ended with a poem and flow:
From the Ancient Chants of the Anasazi by Mary Summer Rain:
Give-Away Dance Song This day (Namaste), each day (Mountain Pose), Rain (Run in Place) and sun (Reach up for the sun), Snow Moon (Crescent Moon to the Right), Warm Moon (Crescent Moon to the Left), Nighttime (Crescnt Moon Center) and noon (Mountain Pose), We share ourselves (Hands circle out from heart out into room), We give ourselves (Hands circle out again), We are all ones of One. (Namaste Hands)
Give-Away, Give-Away. The joy of Giving Away (Toss imaginary things away from your heart).
I give to you (Hand to heart and hand out to group). You give to me (Hand out to group and hand back to heart) . We give to them (Hand to heart and hand out to group). They give to us (Hand out to group and hand back to heart). We share ourselves (Hands circle out from heart out into room). We give ourselves(Hands circle out from heart out into room). We are all ones of One. (Namaste Hands)
I sent them all home with their flowers...