#1 Yoga Mat Roll-Up: If you are using mini or regular size yoga mats in your toddler or preschool classes try and roll up the bottom half of the students' yoga mats and place it under their achilles or knees while they rest for a super simple savasana at the end of class. This also helps to keep the mat from turning into a magic carpet or blanket during final rest :)
#2 Guided Visualization: To keep the students in final rest/savasana a bit longer I have found that if I guide them through a visualization exercise or even tell a story based around the theme of our class; my students will stay in their relaxation pose longer. For example; I timed myself my last week with my kindergarten students and they were in their final rest/savasana for about 2-minutes. Overtime, I would like to increase their time at rest to four-minutes which I feel is appropriate for this age. The guided visualizations I use are simple and often are (shortened) retellings of the yoga adventure we just completed. Guided visualizations can also be based in the students lives (going to the park, grocery store, scooter rides, cooking with family, etc.). I keep them basic and short.
#3 Gentle Touch and/or Massage: During final rest at the end of class I like to add in little shoulder presses, foot or hand massages and sometimes even a little cranial massage. The students respond really well to the gentle touch and request at the end of every class!