Being physically active helps your preschooler learn healthy habits. Preschoolers who participate in active play can get the physical activity they need to maintain a healthy weight, develop muscles and strong bones, and reduce their risk of developing chronic disease such as Type 2 diabetes.
Encourage your preschooler to play actively several times every day. Preschoolers' activity may happen in short bursts of time instead of all at once. Physical activity does not always have to be led by adults. For more ideas, take a look at the following tip sheets below.
Preschoolers need quiet time but make sure your preschooler is not inactive for too long.
Limit TV and screen time to less than 2 hours daily, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Encourage reading or crafts rather than TV time.
- Quiet time is best before naps or bed.
- Be a role model and limit your own inactivity. Your preschooler will learn that being physically active is part of a healthy life. Manage the time you spend watching TV or using mobile devices.
- Look for childcare settings that engage children in active play and regular physical activity. After 60 minutes of inactivity (such as watching TV) your child should be encouraged to be active.
- Avoid having the TV on during mealtimes.
- Only put TVs in family rooms. Don't put a TV in your child's bedroom.
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