I have found a delightful and easy game to play with my small grandchildren, both the two little sisters and the two little brothers. In each set of children there is a two year+ age difference between the older and younger child and the age differences are from four to seven years old.
At those ages, children are very different in development and that often means that the younger child is trying to keep up with the older one, often not very successfully. Squabbling and unhappiness are the result. It's difficult to find something where the two children can have fun together on an equal playing field.
One answer is The Yoga Game. Yoga is an ancient art but is still healthy, fun and beneficial for all ages today. What benefits do young children get from yoga? more energy, increased flexibility, less stress, better focus and a general feeling of well-being. And the best thing is that everyone, no matter what age, can execute a few simple yoga poses.
The game that I play with my grandkids is with yoga "flash cards". The children take turns picking a pose to execute from the cards. If they do it correctly they win a prize. The poses are simple and can be done easily. Sometime they even do the poses together which is a sweet and positive sibling gesture. In their yoga game, my grandsons played for surprises in plastic eggs and, in their yoga game, my granddaughters played for beads to trade. The children were amazingly agile and limber at that young age and they all had a good "yoga" time. When it was over, they were nicely tired and ready to calm down for a bath and bedtime story. The Yoga Game is totally positive and fun experience that I recommend!
submitted by Mimi (Laurenn Barker) of the Lae Lae collection