Benefits of physical activity for young children

Ways to keep youre little one active.

Adult-Led Activity Free Play
Younger Toddlers (12-24 months)
  • Listen to music and dance together.
  • Hold your child’s hands while he or she jumps.
  • Explore the backyard or playground together.
  • Climb stairs and use climbing equipment, with supervision.
  • Use push and pull toys (popcorn popper, play broom, vacuum).
  • Imitate animals or adults at work (mowing lawn, making dinner, using tools).
  • Play with shape sorters and other floor toys.
Older Toddlers(24-36 months)
  • Play “Follow the Leader,” “Ring Around the Rosy,” and other easy games.
  • Play ball.
  • Take a mommy-and-me movement class for toddlers.
  • Walk like a penguin or imitate other animals.
  • Play on a playground or in the backyard, with supervision.
  • Enjoy imaginative play (playing with toy cars, making play figures talk, caring for a doll).


Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life.


The benefits of being active for young children include:

  • promoting healthy growth and development
  • helping to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • building strong bones and muscles
  • improving cardiovascular fitness
  • improving balance, coordination and strength
  • maintaining and developing flexibility
  • improving posture
  • assisting with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills
  • providing the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills
  • helping to establish connections between different parts of the brain
  • improving concentration and thinking skills
  • improving confidence and self-esteem
  • relieving stress and promoting relaxation
  • providing opportunities to develop social skills and make friends
  • improving sleep.

Source ~Healthy Kids 2017

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