The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids

The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids


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This ingenious book uses the postures and movements of zoo animals to teach yoga movements to children. The first part of the book covers theoretical and practical information for parents and teachers working with yoga. Part two takes readers to every part of the zoo, from the insect and reptile houses to the ape cage and the oceanarium. Here youngsters come face to face with a tiger, look in the eyes of a giraffe, do the monkey dance, and walk as gracefully as a flamingo. Part three introduces the rules of the yoga lifestyle through a number of animal fables. Part four contains background information about the animals described in the book.

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ISBN-13: 9780897935050
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/28/2008
Series: SmartFun Activity Books Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 789,512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a parent or a teacher of children ages three to seven years old, I recommend that you pick up a copy of The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids. Helen Purperhart, the author, also wrote The Yoga Adventure for Children and Yoga Exercises for Teens. A student of yoga for over 15 years, Purperhart teaches children¿s and adult yoga classes as well as trains instructors on children¿s yoga in her hometown near Amsterdam, Holland. The Yoga Zoo Adventure takes little ones on a fun-filled imaginary visit to the zoo. The experiences they¿ll encounter during the day are acted out using movements based on yoga poses. Related stories and songs are interspersed throughout. Packed with a wealth of information, this book is also filled with guidelines for parents and teachers, yogic philosophies, endearing animal fables and amazing information about numerous creatures found in nature. The beauty of the Yoga Zoo Adventure is its versatility. All of the activities can be followed from beginning to end or individual exercises can be singled out and performed. When physical movement isn¿t desired, the fables can be read to and discussed with the children. Even when the kids have outgrown the games, they can still use the section describing all of the animals found at the zoo as a reference guide. The facts are fascinating. I was surprised to discover how much I learned after reading this material. This fun book not only introduces youngsters to the enjoyment of physical activity, but also stimulates their imaginations and educates them about life and nature as well.
memasmb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great book to use with my grandsons to tie our visits to the zoo and to stay flexible.The book is very clearly written and easy to follow. We had so many laughs just getting into the positions.Bought a second copy for my other two grandsons...good book to add to a young family's collection.
mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the very beginning..." 1. Feeling the Sun: *The sun has risen, and the sunbeams shine through the window onto your face*lie on your back with your arms by our sides *feel the warmth of the sunbeams on your body * feel the sun warming your face, your chest, your tummy, your arms, your hands, your legs and your feet."It begins like a guided meditation... a fun guided meditation for little ones. It moves on to stretches, waking your fingers, shaking to wake your body, and playing at simple activities such as tooth brushing. This is using techniques similar to what I see used by our OT's and PT's every day and putting them into a fun and entertaining context. I work with special needs children in the pre-school level, ages three to five. This book has so much that will be beneficial to them. Much of what is in this book can be used with even the lower functioning children in our classes. Typical pre-schoolers will be challenged to use their imaginations and to play together. So many of the poses and postures are those used by the children in their play during the day. To take them a step farther will be simple and fun for everyone. It is like bringing some of the fun of a visit to the zoo into your living room, classroom or your own backyard. I was surprised and pleased to find a section on Animal Fables. Not only the can the children learn to move and stretch their bodies and their imaginations, but they will be learning from these wonderful stories as well. Turtles, Starfish, Lions and Owls and so much more. One of the best things about this book is the way it not only encourages parents to spend time with their children, but gives them ideas and information on how to make it more fun.This is going to be a very well used book in our classroom.
ajpohren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Yoga Zoo Adventure is a delightful book for children and parents alike. What a wonderful way to work both bonding time and exercise into a family¿s day. In today¿s society, is seems more and more difficult to find time and ways to really include vitally important family time in our daily lives. Through The Yoga Zoo Adventure, this can easily be done, as well as aiming for a more healthy lifestyle that is fun.In The Yoga Zoo Adventure, your child will travel through a virtual zoo of their minds. Visiting such places as the Ape Cages, Desert Animal Compound, Reptile Building, Insect House, Predator Pavilions and the Aquarium just to name a few. Each section has easy to follow instructions for a yoga move that mimics the real action of an animal. An example of this is as follows:Prowling like a shark:~~ Lie on your tummy.~~ Bend your legs up and point your toes toward the ceiling to make your ¿tale¿.~~ Bring both arms behind you and entwine your fingers together.~~ Slide your arms up to the middle of your back to make your ¿fins¿.~~ Lift your head and swim like a shark prowling for food in the ocean by moving your tail back and forth and your fins up and down.*taken from page 98 of The Yoga Zoo AdventureAlso included are fun bits of information on each animal, delightful games and songs and a great ending, complete with several pages discussing The Importance of Zoos and the animals that are included within the book. The Yoga Zoo Adventure is a great book for several reasons - it¿s fun, educational, promotes a healthy body and is a great tool to bring children and parents together. I have a 6 year old and a 2 year old and we had a ton of fun with this book. It states, on the cover, that the age range is 3 - 7, however I truly feel that The Yoga Zoo Adventure goes well beyond that age bracket. Excellent and highly recommended!
LeesyLou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute book and valuable resource for parents and preschool teachers. This book has a series of exercises suitable for ages 3-7 which are based on traditional yoga poses and activities. The individual activities are designed to engage young children at home or school. They are presented with stories, parables, music, and toy prop suggestions to make them more engaging than simple introspective yoga might be for this age group.The animal themes allow for incorporation with unit studies and related teaching tied to zoos, nature, wildlife, farm life, travel and similar ideas. A section of animal parables is included at the back, and animal facts of interest to young children are sprinkled throughout the book alongside the exercises mentioning those animals. Also included in the concluding sections are brief essays on the importance of zoos in general and on select animals (listed alphabetically) of interest to children, from caterpillars to zebras.This is a worthy addition to the home or early childhood education library, and would make a good gift to preschool educators or primary school physical education professionals.
picklechic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is such a neat book! My children are still too young (2 and 9 months) for these games and yoga in general, but I really look forward to using this book with them when they are a little older. As an actor and college graduate with a degree in children's theatre, I think this book would be ideal for teaching children creative movement and drama. It inspires me to one day want to use this book to teach such a class. I find the games and yoga very similar to classes I took as a young adult and college student. These games help a student to pay attention to all of their senses and how to use their body as an acting instrument (not to mention, it's great exercise for kids!). I think this is such a good book with so many different games and activities that teach a child creative movement, help them learn about animals and help them learn to use their imagination and pretend. I would recommend it highly to anyone looking for games to play with their children that are ionnovative and creative.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Think your little acrobat is too young to understand the Sun Salutation? Then why not try the Zoo Dance? Most of this book isn't what we typically think of as yoga; it's more like guided pantomime with songs thrown in. But considering the folks you'd be doing this with, pure yoga is probably going to far. Unlike our grown-up yoga, this isn't meant to be a quiet activity where we concentrate on our breathing (depending on your point of view, this is either very good or very bad). It is intended for parents and child-care workers who are already familiar with and comfortable with yoga, those who know the difference between down dog and plank. Many of the activities are best done in groups, which makes this good for teachers, daycare workers, scout leaders, and church nursery schools. But it is easy to pick and choose parts of the book to do with the kiddo, so it can be done with just a parent and a child. One aspect that I didn't like that many would like is that there was so much text talking about the trip to the zoo, talking the child through the experience. There are also updated animal fables at the end of the book and animal facts, which can be added to the yoga lesson or taught afterwords (which I think takes away from the premise of yoga, but some folks want everything to be a teachable moment). This would require lots of preparation and memory on the part of the group leader. I plan to use this book more as inspiration for handfuls of poses to do with my son (4 years old). The Zoo Dance has already been a huge hit. He's been watching me do my Sun Salutations for about 2 years and has been trying to copy me, so I added this. He can do all the movements and is not in danger of hurting himself. Just a quick aside-my son has autism, which makes this book even more exciting. Children with autism typically love animals, so having animals encorparated so completely with this book makes it even better for us. He gets to play pretend (a big deal with ASD children), think about animals, play with Mom, and get some much-needed gross motor skills work done (makes this a good one for occupational therapists, too).Wisely, there are no inverted poses in this book and it appears that lots of consideration went into selecting poses that were not too difficult and that wouldn't hurt little bodies (or teachers who may be new to yoga). However, so much time is put into describing the zoo outing, I don't think enough time is spent explaining how to ease into a pose, transition to other poses, or what to look out for in children who are trying to hard. Recommended ages are 3-7. I agree that a 3 year old can do a number of the poses, but I'd strongly suggest picking a couple and adding slowly, practicing yourself to make sure you can do them while watching your wee one to make sure he's doing it safely. As his skill and attention span increase, add more. Pay attention to your child's balancing abilities and gross motor skills, too. While all kids should find the Lion's Yawn simple enough, many kids won't be able to do the Flamingo Stand safely or correctly until they are 5 or 6.
BarbWebb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is designed for ages 3 to 7, but it was easy enough to engage my older children, along with our toddler, in hours of laugh-out-loud, adventurous fun. I¿ve recently incorporated yoga into my own life and thought it would be great for my children to join me. The Yoga Zoo Adventure offers the perfect blend of simple yoga positions and creativity, offering a fresh approach to encouraging movement, self-expression, and relaxation. The book contains easy to follow, step-by-step, instructions for games and activities, along with stories and a special learning section on zoo animals. Not only fun to complete, it¿s a joy to read.A great way to engage your children with the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle, or a fun book to pick up on a rainy day.
neilandlisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful and fun book! As someone who's practiced yoga for years, I've always been curious about yoga for kids. This book is a terrific resource for parents, teachers and friends who'd like to expose kids to yoga in a fun and lighthearted way. With the animal fables, this also makes a great read-along book. Recommended for ages 3 to 7, all of these 106 poses and games seem safe (even though a few may be challenging for the youngest) and I'd imagine kids would have a blast with this book. I know I had a lot of fun reading it and let's just say I'm a little over the age limit. ;)A terrific effort.
takieya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful introduction to the world of Yoga for young children. It creates fun activities that will help children learn about Yoga in ways that might be more fun. I highly recommend this book to parents of children seeking a resource that will encourage growth, and allow their children to learn about the wonderful world of Yoga.
charlottem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My children are grown so I don¿t have any one to test the exercises on. I collect children¿s books partly for the stories, and especially for the art work. I realize that it is a teaching manual, but my children would have wanted more illustrations to emulate.
kcnjamie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful! It is full of fun and adventure. It brings together the art of yoga and the enjoyment of going to the zoo. This allows kids an outlet for their imagination while reaping the benefits of yoga. The book has 106 actvivties or games that start from a child waking in the morning, riding in a bus to the zoo, visiting all animals in the zoo, riding back home in a bus, and eventually going to bed. These activites teach kids life skills and while allowing them to broaden their imagination.The book also has animal fables and a section with descriptions of all the animals. This allows parents/teachers to have a resource to explain to the kids all the specifics related to an animal.All in all this is a great book and a great resource for parents and teachers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago