girl playing hopscotchEarly Childhood: Physical Activity

   

Playtime is quality time

Make family time an active time! Many young children do not get the amount of physical activity that they need. Physical activity helps little ones develop motor skills and an enjoyment of movement that can last a lifetime. Make being physically active a family project; use the resources below to learn different fun physical activities you can try.


Physical Activity Guidelines:

  • Infants (0-12 months) should be allowed to explore movement for short periods of time, several times a day.
  • Toddlers (12-36 months) should receive:
    • At least 30 minutes of structured physical activity per day (i.e. creative movement, games, moving to music, etc).
    • At least 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of unstructured physical activity per day (like running, climbing, jumping, etc).
    • Toddlers should not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping.
  • Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) should receive:
    • At least 60 minutes of structured physical activity per day (i.e. creative movement, games, moving to music, etc).
    • At least 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of unstructured physical activity per day (like running, climbing, jumping, etc).
    • Preschoolers should not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping.

Resources you can use: