Sitting - Criss-Cross Applesauce - Kids (Front)

Drawing of a group of boys sitting in criss-cross applesauce position

Criss-cross Applesauce, a nursery rhyme phrase referring to sitting cross-legged on the floor, is a popular sitting style used in school environments when gathering students in groups for exercises and reading. Replacing the long-used and politically incorrect ‘Indian Style’ phrase in educational settings, Criss-cross Applesauce is a familiar and common posture that helps students gather and focus students for learning. Kids should not sit in Criss-cross Applesauce position for too long or they may have pains or develop poor posture.

Illustration of a group of girls sitting in criss-cross applesauce posture

What is Criss-Cross Applesauce?
Criss-Cross Applesauce refers to sitting cross-legged on the floor. Today, the phrase Criss-Cross Applesauce is being taught in school environments as a replacement for the politically incorrect ‘Indian Style’ phrase.
Should children be forced to sit Criss-Cross Applesauce?
Criss-cross Applesauce may help students focus and gather, but being forced to sit for prolonged periods of time in this position may actually promote bad posture and cause pain.
What forms of sitting should children use when sitting on the floor?
Children commonly sit on the floor in a variety of sitting postures that include Criss-Cross Applesauce, sitting on their heels, or lying on their fronts with elbows propping them up. Sitting in a ‘W’ pose with their legs behind them may be harmful to children’s joints and may impede development.


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Sitting Style: Criss-Cross Applesauce
Attire: Casual/School
Ages: 4-6



Drawings include:
Children | Kids Sitting Front elevation, front (outline)

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Sitting is one of the basic resting positions for humans where the weight of the body is supported by the ground or other horizontal surface such as a chair. Sitting most commonly occurs on the floor or on a raised seat in the form of a chair, stool, bench or similar.

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