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

Key Points

  • Crawling through a BallChild care providers can promote children’s physical activity by leading structured physical activities inside or outside, letting children do things that are safe, getting training about children’s physical activity, and not letting children spend too much time in sedentary activities.
  • Time young children play outside is important to make sure they are physically active enough.
  • Young children should have enough space for both inside and outside play.
  • Young children should do both structured and unstructured physical activities.
  • Structured physical activity is activity that is planned and intentionally directed by an adult. Examples include bean bag games, follow the leader, and musical chairs.
  • Unstructured physical activity is activity that children start by themselves. Examples include riding a toy or bike, playing tag, or playing on the playground.
  • Children should have many chances to do both moderate and vigorous physical activities.
  • Moderate physical activity is activity that children can easily do. It makes children’s heart rate and breathing rate go up a little bit. When children do moderate physical activities, they can talk but cannot sing.
  • Vigorous physical activity is activity that makes children’s hearts beat fast and makes it hard to talk. It makes children’s heart rate and breathing rate go up a lot.
  • Children with disabilities should have a chance to be physically active.

 

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