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.
For more information and resources, check out the Move Your Way campaign by the US Department of Health and Human Service. Move Your Way is based on updated physical activity guidelines and provides a variety of fact sheets, posters, videos, interactive tools, etc., for kids and adults.