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Waybuloo Yogo - Fun Yoga for Tots!
Encourage Active Tots with the Waybuloo Piplings!
Waybuloo is a sweet TV show for pre-schoolers, created for the BBC's CBeebies channel. During each episode the characters, called Piplings, gather at an ancient Yogo Machine to do "yogo" - a form of yoga. Some of their moves are based on real yoga positions, such as Tree and Bridge, while others are inspired by the creatures and objects they see in their magical land of Nara, such as Magic Bird and Narabug (butterfly).
Yoga for children is also becoming more and more popular, and has countless benefits including being a healthy form of exercise, helping kids find their inner calm and even helping with conditions such as autism. With shows such as Waybuloo featuring their own forms of this practice, kids may be encouraged to take up real yoga and other forms of exercise.
This lens explains all about Waybuloo yogo and also looks at the range of information and activities available to help children learn the calming and healthy benefits of real yoga for kids!
Hang on, What the Heck is Waybuloo?
Meet the Piplings!
Waybuloo is a 20-minute television show for pre-school children, which follows the lives of four creatures called Piplings. Each episode sees them help and share with each other, as well as play with the children, or "Cheebies" who come to visit. They perform four yogo moves at the beginning of each episode and then repeat them later on with the children, encouraging viewers to join in by saying "You try!" to the screen.
You can find out more about the actual show Waybuloo and the characters in it by taking a look at my other Waybuloo lenses below!
A-Z of Waybuloo Yogo! - What are the Waybuloo Yogo Positions?
In Waybuloo, the Piplings perform four yogo positions per episode. There are currently over 50 episodes but some positions are repeated in more than one episode.
This is a full list of all the yogo positions performed in the first series. I will be adding to the list any that might have been missed as well as filling in more details about each position!
- Big Bird
- Big Roary Thing
- Magic Bird
- Magic Carpet
Performing Waybuloo Yogo - A Note on Safety
* As with all exercise, always warm up first and never make yourself or your child strain to do a position that is uncomfortable or too difficult
* Supervise children at all times during both yogo and yoga and ensure the area is safe, flat and clear of hazards
* It is advised not to start a new form of exercise without first consulting your doctor or other health professional
* If undertaking real yoga, do so under the instruction of a qualified teacher or properly endorsed guidebook or video
Where Can I Learn the Waybuloo Yogo Positions?
There are two places you can find great guides to Waybuloo yogo! The first is on the CBeebies website in the grown-ups section. They have a PDF sheet of some of the yogo positions available for download, which teaches you and your child how to perform Owl, Surfer, Mouse and Cat. Click the image below to go to the download page.
Making Waybuloo Yogo Fun!
Waybuloo Reward Charts and Stickers
You can add an extra element of fun to yogo with your little Cheebie by encouraging them to progress through the positions with reward stickers and progress charts. You can make your own or find specific Waybuloo ones from these sources:
This fortnightly magazine contains a different reward chart and set of stickers each issue, as well as yogo positions and other activities to try! Click the image to find out more.
You can subscribe HERE.
You can also use the following Waybuloo stickers and activity packs to integrate with your yogo fun! Click each image for more info!
Going Beyond Waybuloo Yogo
Teaching Children Yoga
Yoga for children is becoming more and more popular. There are classes for children to attend, and you can even do Mummy and Baby Yoga with your tiny ones!
There are many benefits to children learning yoga. Not only is it a great form of exercise, which helps to keep the body supple and flexible, it may also:
* Create excellent posture
* Be calming
* Help children find their "breath" and their centre
* Aid focus and concentration
* Help with conditions such as ADHD and autism
Yoga classes for children can provide a safe and nurturing environment for kids to focus, breathe and meet other children. Alternatively you can learn at home, but make sure you use a recommended book or video and never try anything advanced without consulting a properly qualified teacher. Proper yoga is best taught in a class or one-on-one with a yoga instructor.
The Benefits of Yoga for Children
This short video explains some of the benefits of child yoga and demonstrates children performing yoga in a class setting.
Waybuloo Yogo and Child Yoga Basics
What You Need at Home
If you are going to be doing yogo or yoga on a regular basis, it is helpful to have a special yoga mat to do the positions on, along with some loose comfortable clothing.
Kids Dark Blue Travel Yoga Mat
Kids Bright Light Blue Classic Yoga Mat
50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids and Grownups
Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
A Step-by-step Guide for Parents and Caregivers
Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story
Yoga for You and Your Child:
The Step-by-step Guide to Enjoying Yoga with Children
The One Bug Your Kids Should Catch
YOGA GAMES FOR CHILDREN:
Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath
Yoga Kids For Ages 3-6
More Yoga Stuff for Kids
Is Yogo a Good Idea?
Can yoga be beneficial to children? Do you think it is a good idea for shows like Waybuloo to encourage healthy activities such as yoga?
What do you think about yogo and yoga for kids?
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