Children 3 to 5 years of age need at least 2 hours of physical activity a day. One hour of free play like running, dancing, jumping, etc. is great! Another hour of physical activity could be done with “Structured Play.”
Structured play is active play and games led by an adult or older sibling, usually following specific rules and practices. It helps children develop motor skills, coordination, listening skills, and following directions, while having fun. It also introduces the idea that being physically active can help them stay fit and healthy.
Try these structured physical activity games with your preschooler:
Try all those games you played as a child! If you had fun, for sure your child will too!
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Weigel, D., 2022, Eat Smart Be Active - Let's Move Together: Structured Play, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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