All children need physical activity to grow up strong and healthy. It is important to start early to build a strong foundation for an active lifestyle.
How Much Activity Do Preschool-Aged Children (3-5 years) Need?
Younger kids love to be active naturally. Offer a variety of age-appropriate and enjoyable activities. Encourage them to move and engage in active play as well as in structured activities, such as throwing games and bicycle or tricycle riding. Include activities that strengthen muscles and bones. Aim for these recommendations:
- Physical activity every day throughout the day (aim to keep them moving at least 3 hours a day)
- Active play through a variety of enjoyable physical activities
Types of Activity for Preschool-Aged Children
Ready to Get Active as a Family?
Finding ways to get moving together helps fit more physical activity into everybody's day. Include family walks, riding bikes, or playing active games together as part of your family's daily routine. Go to public parks, community baseball fields, or basketball courts to encourage everyone to be active.