If I had one tenth of the energy my preschooler has, I could conquer the world!
Preschool physical education releases energy, and builds muscle strength, coordination and flexibility. Physical activity also helps develop gross motor skills - the large muscle movements of the arms, legs, feet and body.
A typical preschooler should be able to:
Some preschoolers may even be able to skip or pedal a tricycle.
Physical activity also reduces sedentary behavior, thus decreasing the risk of obesity in later years. It is recommended that children get at least 2 hours of moderate to vigorous activity per day.
Children need free play outdoors to take walks, run, ride bikes or scooters, and play with frisbees, hoola hoops, jump ropes or balls.
Here are some of our favorite activities for preschool physical education:
On rainy days, put on a raincoat and boots, and grab an umbrella. Or try these indoor preschool physical education activities:
Outside games, like Mother May I and potato sack races can also be played indoors. However, if you are less adventurous than we are, pack up the kids and head to the local gym.
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Follow this link to find out why I recommend Usborne preschool books and learn about additional resources your preschooler will enjoy. Next, look at tips and ideas for teaching:
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