Eagle pose can look confusing and difficult if viewed in its fullest expression. When working with children, I discourage showing difficult poses. Instead, I encourage sharing poses they will most likely be able to get into safely in a reasonable amount of time (which varies depending on our intentions and goals, but probably within the class or short session.)
Because making poses safe and accessible the responsible thing to do, let’s explore some fun, dynamic, and different age focused activities to enjoy this pose with kids of all ages.
Sit in criss-cross applesauce. Extend your arms at the shoulders.
Cross them at the center of your chest, placing elbow over elbow.
Then, extend your arms again, and repeat placing the opposite elbow on top.
Next, repeat again from your first side and this time as you cross your elbows and place one on top, also bring your wrists and hands closer together above your elbows. (This will start to look like the top of the eagle pose)
As you cross the elbows, make a fun noise.
Pretend your arms are tied in knots to place an emphasis on fun and deemphasize perfecting this shape.