Physical activity is very important for the growth of children. It helps build a healthy body, stronger bones and muscles.
Children 3 to 5 years old should engage in at least two hours of physical activity a day. One of those two hours should be unstructured play.
What is unstructured play? It’s play that is not parent or instructor-led; no directions, no rules, just FUN! It’s free play like running, jumping rope, hopping, climbing, playing with balls, and playing with toys.
Here are some ideas for unstructured play:
Children love to move! Try to help them do it every day.
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Weigel, D., 2022, Eat Smart Be Active - Let's Keep Moving: Unstructured Play, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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