With summer finally here it’s time to get out and move! Physical activity is a crucial component in promoting healthy growth and development. When our little ones are active they are building strong bones and muscles. They are developing their balance and coordination, flexibility and posture.
But being active doesn’t just aid in physical development!
When are bodies are moving we are sending signals to different parts of our brain, improving concentration and critical thinking skills. As our little ones accomplish new physical feats they are gaining confidence. Playing active games with other children strengthens social skills. Children learn how to collaborate, take turns, and problem solve.
Parents, ever notice how your kiddo zonks out after a day at the beach? Well, high levels in activity in children releases stress and improves sleeping.
Too rainy or icky to go out and play? Have a dance party! Make a game out of it by playing Freeze Dance. Rock out until the music stops….then FREEZE. It is a classic. By far one of the most favorite games in the Yellow Room.
Not sure how much activity your little one needs? Check out this chart by Parents Magazine.
· Infants (up to one year): Daily activity is important. Provide toys and simple objects that encourage them to move.
· Toddlers (1-3 years): At least 30 minutes of adult-organized activity daily. At least 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity—especially outdoors.
· Preschoolers (3-5 years): At least 60 minutes of structured physical activity every day. At least 60 minutes of daily unstructured physical activity is recommended—especially outdoors.
What’s your favorite game to play with your little one? Add it to the comments below and let’s get ready for fun in the sun!