I’ve used the Tai Chi Kidz Race drill to teach children how to slow down and move correctly.
Here’s how it works.
I get the class to line up at one end of the hall. Then I say to them ‘we going to have a race.’ They usually get excited at this.
Then I say, ‘okay, the slowest person wins.’ At first there are confused looks but once they get started their movements slow right down. Some hardly move at all.
It’s a bit of reverse psychology by making it completely different from their expectations of a race.
Kids learn to co-ordinate their bodies and improve their balance. It’s a fun drill. And I can also teach other specific body movement skills, for example tucking in your tailbone as you step.
Why not have a go and teach this to your junior Tai Chi or martial arts class?
If you do, let me know how it goes.