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Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath (SmartFun Activity Books) Paperback – April 25, 2003
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Original Language: Dutch --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.
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Marjoke lives in Schagen, Holland.
Marjoke lives in Schagen, Holland.
Top Customer Reviews
Whether you are reading the book as a parent or as an educator, you will get lots of cute ideas on how to integrate yoga with even very young children [3 and up]. There are a whole lot of different activities - including yoga poses that are child friendly, breathing awareness, relaxation, visualization, and games to build trust and team work.
I am finding this book very useful in designing a fun exercise class for preschool and younger elementary age children. I would recommend it without reservation.
I work with children. I am a paraprofessional in a special needs school, and was very excited to read this book, to see if there might be anything I could use with our kids.
One of the things that I noticed right away is how many of the games and exercises were done in groups or pairs. This is fantastic in my opinion! It seems to me that these days kids are more isolated than in the past. I am not sure what it is, but I rarely see little girls walking and holding hands or boys roughhousing. Fighting yes, just roughhousing, no. I also have noted that most parents do not hold their children's hands any more. This is very sad in my opinion, as touch in and of its own is healing. Touch during play is a good thing!
So, I was very pleased to find that there were things that there were games where the kids held hands or leaned back against each other. I believe this helps to build co-operation and understanding.
There are also plenty of games where it is individuals alone. My favorite is Sun Salutations! It incorporates many basic yoga positions, and it will be a lot of fun for the kids. The Mountain is a close runner up. I can just see the kids enjoying those games, and having fun.
The relaxation exercises are ideal as well. Sometimes kids, as well as adults, need to just let it go and breathe. This book gives several examples of how to do this.
I will not be able to use many of these games with my special needs classroom. We have a low functioning group and the understanding is not there in some cases, and the physical abilities are not there in others. My niece is a preschool teacher in a daycare facility, as well as being Assistant Director. She is very excited about trying many of these games with her class!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the meditations for! children - we all need to slow down and meditate! The guidance Counselor at my school will be purchasing a copy for the kids she works with too!Published 5 months ago by Heather Hamel
We love this little book of fun!! My child and my yoga students all enjoy it.Published 6 months ago by Lora Bunch
While the games are imaginative and may hold a child's attention, I don't feel like this is very appropriate for a yoga novice. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Meeeeeeeeee
I'm a children's yoga teacher and there are a lot of great class ideas here. Know that much of the content is not really games... the title is a misnomer. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amy Gayle