Unlike many martial arts, Aikido requires no advantage in strength or speed and as such is ideal for children. Aikido practice develops flexibility, coordination, concentration, improved health and fitness, heightens awareness, increases self-esteem and teaches calmness. Your child will learn how to fall and roll safely which is a great skill to acquire.
There is a saying in Aikido that the techniques are simple but not easy. The key to making progress in Aikido is simply persevering and having a positive attitude. This is a valuable life lesson to teach our children.
It teaches that you must work in harmony with your environment and others. If your mind is correct, calm and positive, you can make something good out of whatever the universe hands you.