The first tai chi book exclusively for children ages 4 to 8.
- Uses children''s delight in imitating animals to teach the
eight basic tai chi forms essential for health.
- Each exercise is accompanied by colorful artwork and
photographs of the author''s 7-year-old son demonstrating
- Written as a story to invite imaginative play and
- Designed for children and parents to play with together and
for independent learning by older children.
Millions of adults practice the ancient Chinese exercise of tai
chi everyday. Now children can experience the numerous health,
learning, and social benefits of tai chi--focused attention;
enhanced creativity, imagination, self-confidence; and improved
balance, circulation, and overall health--through the eight simple
exercises introduced in "Tai Chi for Kids,"
Inspired by his own son''s excitement with tai chi at the age of
only three, master teacher Stuart Olson appeals to the innate
imagination and playfulness of children to teach them the eight
basic forms of a tai chi practice. Children have fun imitating
animals while guided by colorful and playful illustrations and
photographs of Olson''s son, Lee, performing each posture. Olson
uses the language of a storyteller, wonderful animal metaphors that
invite children to pretend, and easy-to-follow step-by-step
instructions so that every child can enjoy such exercises as
"Chasing the Monkeys Away," and "Riding the Tiger to the Mountain."
The book also includes a fun teaching tale of how tai chi first
began that can be read out loud by a parent or independently by the
older child. "Tai Chi for Kids" introduces children to a lifetime
of physical fitness and instills in them alove of movement.