Practices healthy behaviors through physical activity
Look for your child to...
Choose to participate in daily physical activity.
Your child may...
- Play on/with outdoor equipment (e.g., slides, balls, wheeled toys).
- Engage in active play (e.g., run, jump, chase, move to music, and play with pets).
- Go on walks with family members.
- Join in indoor or outdoor games (e.g., musical games, Tag, Drop the Handkerchief).
- Create a schedule for your child that includes at least one hour of physical activity each day.
- Take your child to playgrounds frequently, and if possible, provide outdoor play equipment and riding toys in your yard. Don’t just cheer on your child from the sidelines—be a good role model and join in the fun.
- With your child, play Tag and other games that involve running and movement.
- Play music, and dance with your child. Use scarves and streamers for extra fun.
- Take walks with your child. Walk in different ways (e.g., take tiny steps, take giant steps, walk very fast, walk slowly like a turtle).
- If it’s hot outside, play games involving water (e.g., play catch with water balloons, run through a sprinkler, or “paint” each other with a bucket of water and a large paintbrush).
- If there is snow on the ground, go sledding or ice skating, play catch with snowballs, or build a snowman or igloo.