Physical activity is a great way to get the whole family moving. When kids are supported and encouraged by their parents, siblings, and grandparents, they gain confidence in their running, jumping, biking, and playing abilities. When physical activity is fun for everyone, no one will want to be left out!
Ways to Be Active Together!
- Organize a family park day, swim day, or bike day.
- Make an obstacle course together out of pillows, couch cushions, and blankets for your toddler to climb.
- Plant a garden and let the kids help water it, pull weeds, and pick the fresh veggies.
- Take a family walk around the neighborhood after a meal.
- Play a game of tag, follow the leader, or “Simon Says.”
- If your family has a dog, ask your child to help you walk it every day.
Before You Head Outside to Play. . .
- For kids older than 6 months, apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before they go outside, and dress them in a hat or sunglasses. Bring a wide umbrella or a pop-up tent for longer outside activities. Infants under 6 months should always be in shaded areas.
- When playing outdoors, bring enough water to keep everyone hydrated. Water is the best thirst quencher anytime, anywhere, and especially after physical activity.
- Boost energy by planning nutritious snacks ahead of time, like fresh strawberries, low-fat cheese sticks, unsweetened dried fruit, or a boiled egg. Toddlers and preschoolers need to eat about two to three snacks a day — and these snack times are just as important nutritionally as a meal.