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Preschool age + Physical activity

Updated: Jun 20

Being physically active everyday is vital for healthy growth and development of your child. Whatever their level of ability, children need to be active!

Preschool aged children are encouraged to move and engage in unstructured and structured active play of at least 3 hours a day.

Examples of Physical Activities:

  • Tag

  • Playground play

  • Tricycle riding

  • Jumping/dancing

  • Swimming

  • Catching/throwing/kicking games

  • Gymnastics or tumbling

  • Obstacle Course

  • Hopping, galloping, jumping

  • Running

Benefits of exercise:

  • Reduce health risks

  • Achieve and maintain healthy weight

  • Develop motor skills, balance, and coordination

  • Build strong bones and muscles

  • Support learning of social skills

  • Improve cognitive development

Tips on increasing Physical Activities:

  • Go outdoors

  • Limit screen time

  • Be active together as a family

  • Arrange playdates

If you have concerns about your child's physical development reach out to us at 253.237.3405 or! We would love to help.


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