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 some chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.
Follow these tips to help your preschooler be active:
- Encourage your preschooler to play actively several times every day. Preschoolers' activity may happen in short bursts of time instead of all at once.
- Limit TV, tablet, and other screen time to less than 1 hour total per day, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Preschoolers need quiet time but make sure your preschooler is not inactive for too long. Read a book together or create a craft rather than unwinding with screen time.
- 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 active childcare settings that engage children in play and regular physical activity.
- Make active play fun for the whole family. Let your child help plan the fun! Take a walk together after dinner, play catch, kick a ball, or turn up the music and dance.