One Step At a Time: Helping Young Children Be Active!

Structured Physical Activity (continued)

Musical ChairsChild care providers should do two or more short (about 5 to 10 minutes each) structured physical activities with children every day in a full-time child care program. Child care providers can do more short structured physical activities or can do a few longer activities. These activities can be done either inside or outside.2

When child care providers plan structured activities for children, they need to think about a few things. These include children’s attention span, motor skills, developmental level, emotional maturity, and available space and equipment.


Examples of structured physical activity include:






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