by Helen Purperhart, Barbara Van Amelsfort
Publisher: Hunter House Publishers
Genre: Children, fitness
AGE RANGE: 3 to 7
Yoga for Children Has Never Been So Fun!
Yoga is increasingly popular for building strength and developing flexibility in people of all ages. However, young children may lack the concentration or strength needed to perform adult yoga routines. In this introduction to yoga for children, designed for young bodies and short attention spans, the author has replaced traditional poses with creative games and imaginative exercises that little kids can enjoy.
Yoga exercises encourage and improve
- Body Awareness
Many yoga positions are based on stretches or movements that are characteristic of certain animals. By using an imaginary trip to the zoo, Helen Purperhart introduces kids to all these animals — and to yoga. Kids create their own zoo setting and then get to visit the lions’ enclosure or the ape cage, the insect house or the aviary. They are also encouraged to act like animals — to snort like zebras, imitate parrots and practice communicating without words like chimpanzees. The combination of imagination and exercise is as stimulating for the children’s minds as it is beneficial for their bodies.
Helpful tips, clear illustrations and an easy-to-follow format help make the book user-friendly. The exercises contain instructions that can be read word for word. An additional section provides detailed descriptions of the animals in the games, while children can also learn more about yoga philosophy through a series of animal fables. Perfect for teachers, parents, camp counselors or yoga instructors, this book is a great resource for those who work — and play — with kids.
Review: This is a cute book with lots of fun exercise activities for kids. It also helps encourage children's imagination. I went through this book with my kids and they had a ton of fun. While it says for 3-7, my 2yr old had fun trying to do the moves with his big sister. We had gone to the real zoo the day before we read this for the first time and they had fun pretending they were the animals they'd seen there.
I liked the information on yoga given in the beginning of the book and all the info on how to use this to it's full advantage. I also liked the fables at the end of the book, with the information on each of the animals, I felt this was a nice little touch. Many of the exercises and games require nothing other than your imagination. Some do need props and music, but it's not hard stuff to find. I enjoy doing yoga and with this book I can share that with my kids in a fun and playful way. If you have little kids and want to get them active, then check out this book I think you'll be happy with the result.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher.