One of Hannah and Audrey’s favorite snacks is popcorn. Hannah loves to make it, Audrey loves to eat it, and they both squeal when they toss it all over the place. I felt inspired by their enthusiasm for the fluffy treat, so I engaged them with a popcorn inspired activity. The word “activity” is a loose interpretation because this is sort of a guided movement visualization designed for them and delivered by me in the moment. I’m not sure how to describe it because I’ve never experienced it with anyone else, but when it flows, it just feels fun for all of us.
I’ll share it with you as I shared it with them. Let’s get started as popcorn seeds. We crouch down, really tiny and nestle our way into the ground. Take a deep breath in as you feel the soil around you and the sun start to rise over you. Let’s take another deep breath. That sun is really starting to warm the soil. Now that it’s getting hot, I’m ready to move. I feel a little shaking happening. My seed is ready to burst into a corn stalk. Let’s start growing! Reach up to the sky and feel that sunlight. Let’s grow a little bit at a time and feel that sunshine. Oh, I think the sun went down, we might shrink a little bit or pause our growing. Ok, here comes the sun, let’s stretch again. Really high this time. Reach up like tall, strong, organic corn plants ready for a harvest. Now stretch out your arms and hold out your corn cob. Pluck that cob and let’s get ready to make popcorn.
We can peel all the kernels off our cobs. Let’s imagine we’re peeling off row by row and placing in them into a bowl. Take as much time as you need and let me know when you’re done with a smile. Moving right along, let’s imagine that we are the popcorn while it heats up and pops. This is going to be fun! Let’s crouch back down like we are teeny tiny kernels in a big giant bowl. Do you feel the heat? Start to wiggle, a little more bouncing, now JUMP! JUMP JUMP JUMP with all the kernels! Let’s keep jumping for 30 seconds, then we’ll take a little pause for a deep breath. Now we’re another kernel. Wiggling and shaking and ready to pop. Ok, JUMP JUMP JUMP with all the kernels! We’re going to jump, then pause, then jump again one more time. Deep breath. First we wiggle, then we get up and go. JUMP JUMP JUMP!
Wow, would you look at all the popcorn around us? I think this is going to be a great snack! Let’s eat.
Of course we ate popcorn after this much fun. Hannah helped prep it and Audrey helped spill it. Thats why it became a little outside game, too. We had a blast with popping our kernels. What have you been up to lately?
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