How Can You Help With Physical Activity?
|Set a good example for your preschooler; they look up to you|
You influence your child's behavior, attitudes, and future physical activity habits. Set an example by using safety gear, like bike helmets.
- Make physical activity fun for the whole family and involve your children in the planning.
- Focus on fun, not performance. Not all children are natural athletes. But all can make activity a lifetime habit.
- Learn more about your own physical activity needs.
There are many activities you can do with your preschooler. As children grow, their motor skills and coordination improve. Here is a general guideline of when your preschooler may be ready for certain activities:
- Age 2: running, walking, galloping, jumping, swimming with adult help and supervision
- Age 3: hopping, climbing, riding a tricycle or bicycle with training wheels and a helmet, catching, throwing, bouncing, and kicking a ball
- Age 4: skipping, tag, sledding, swimming, obstacle course
- Age 5: riding a bicycle--wearing a helmet, somersaulting, rollerblading or ice skating, gymnastics, soccer, virtual fitness games (such as Wii)
When the weather doesn't cooperate, try indoor activities.