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Ideally played at the beginning of the lesson it will encourage straight backs and quiet focusing, as well as setting the tone of the lesson in terms of class management and behaviour expectation. 

It is one of those games of ‘them versus you’, which children love - especially when you lose

AGE: 7-11 years (Years 3 - 6)    

POSTURES: Good Sitting

SKILLS: Focusing, Self Control

RESOURCES: 3 small laminated chicken cards  


Can I sit quietly in Good Sitting with straight back and my fingers and thumbs touching? 


The children are on mats in ‘Good Sitting’. 

Ask another adult to find three children who deserve to be sitting on a chicken card by virtue of:

Straight backs

Quiet focus

Thumb and index finger touching

Warm friendly smile

Your adult helper gives the chosen three each a small (A7) laminated chicken card. While this is happening you are ‘hiding your eyes’

Your task is then to return to the circle to guess who is sitting on a chicken.  

The older the year group the more they will try to bluff, for example by not smiling, which is great fun, yet in a quiet way.

If you would like to see more games like this have a look at : Yoga Games to Teach in Schools  

Chissick M & Peacock S (2020) Yoga Games to Teach in Schools - Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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