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

Unstructured Physical Activity

Hide and SeekUnstructured physical activity is sometimes called “free time” or “self-selected free play.” It is activity that children start by themselves. It happens when children explore the world around them.

Even though children lead the activities, an adult needs to supervise.

Unstructured physical activity:6

  • Is led by children (free play or self-selected free play)
  • Respects and encourages what children like and can do
  • Includes some adult participation or encouragement, if needed, to help children stay physically active
Examples of unstructured physical activity include:
  • Riding a toy or bike
  • Playing tag
  • Playing hid and seek
  • Playing on a playground
  • Stacking blocks
  • Chasing bubbles or butterflies





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