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Physical Activity for Preschoolers...Make Time for Play Every Day!

It's important to encourage your preschooler to move and play every day.  All physical activity adds up.  Try to aim for two hours of physical activity each day through a combination of structured activities, everyday movements, and free play activities.

Ideas for structured activities:

  • Play games with friends like:
    • Hopscotch
    • Follow the Leader
    • Ring Around the Rosie
    • Freeze Tag
  • Take a class

Ideas for free play (unstructured activities:

  • Dance
  • Jump rope
  • Swing
  • Skip and hop
  • Chase bubbles
  • Kick a ball
  • Go on a nature hike

Everyday movements:

  • Climb stairs
  • Play with a pet
  • Walk instead of riding in a stroller
  • Help with the yard or garden


When children are physically active they have strong muscles and bones.  They have more energy and are better prepared to learn.  They maintain healthy body weights.

For additional physical activity ideas for preschoolers to share with your clients, check out our:  Make Time for Play Preschool Physical Activity Handouts.


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