Healthy habits start early in life. Being physically active is part of a healthy lifestyle. It is also fun! It also has many benefits including:
- Building strong muscles and bones
- Developing and growing in a healthy way (ex. Helps prevent obesity)
- Having the chance to play with others and developing self-esteem.
It also helps children learn many skills such as:
- Eye-hand coordination
- Large muscle skills
- Small muscle skills
Children who are ages 2 to 5 should be engaged in physically active play for at least 3 hours every day. You are your child’s first teacher and role model. Therefore, if you are active, they will also be active. Here are a few fun examples of how you can include physically active play both indoors and out:
- Dance or move to music. Come up with your own silly routine.
- Create your own obstacle course. Move in, around and through.
- Go for a walk around your neighbourhood/town. Point out some of the different sights that you see.
- Roll, throw, catch or kick a ball around.
- Go skating or swimming.
- Visit your local park or playground. Spray parks are also a fun way to cool off in the summer months.
Play with your child! You are your child’s favourite toy! There is nothing more fun in the world for your child, then having you to play with.