Welcome to the world of young children and physical activity.
What do you think when you hear the words physical activity? Many people think physical activity is just about exercise or doing things like push-ups, sit-ups, running laps, or going to the gym. But being physically active is so much more! Physical activity is a way for children to learn about what their bodies can do.
The early years of life are an important time for children to develop physical skills.
Children who develop basic motor skills, such as throwing, catching, kicking, jumping, galloping, and balancing, are more likely to participate in regular physical activity and lead healthy lives as adults. What’s more, daily physical activity helps children do better in school. Learning basic physical skills is essential to your child’s healthy growth and development.
Every day, your child uses physical skills as he plays and moves.
All day long, there are lots of times to be physically active and to play! You don’t need to buy special toys or fancy equipment. An old rolled-up sock makes a great ball to throw and catch. You don’t need to be an expert to be physically active, either. Each week you will receive an email from the Preschool for Creative Learning with information on how you can support your child’s natural interest in being physically active and help her/him to improve and use physical skills, every day. Make time each day to work with your child and create a daily routine to learn a new skill. You’ll see how much you can already do. You’ll learn new ideas to try, and by choosing the activities both you and your child enjoy the most, you’ll have fun being physically active!
You may not think it’s easy to help your child learn about physical activity and develop physical skills.
Don’t be afraid. Even though you may not be a great athlete, you can help your child learn basic physical skills in ways that are fun. Physical activity is simply body movement that improves health. So, when you are playing with your child, taking a walk in the park, throwing or kicking a ball, dancing, swimming, or balancing on a log, you are being physically active. If your child sees you participate in regular physical activity, then she will be more likely to be active on her own later in life.
Young children learn new skills when they are active!
The first five years of your child’s life are all about helping him develop his basic physical skills. This is the time parents and teachers need to provide lots of opportunities for physical play and skill development. Children do not always learn physical skills on their own. Children need adults to help them with challenging activities and practice.
So let’s get started! Hold your child’s hand and move forward together as you run, jump, kick, strike, throw, catch & dance with your child every day.