Growth & Skill Development
Guidelines for active play
Physical activity is one of the most important ingredients in a healthy lifestyle. Besides keeping your toddler healthy, activity may also help him develop thinking skills, communication skills, self-confidence, and strong relationships. Help influence your little one’s future preferences for being active by what you teach him now.
Your own active lifestyle can set a good example. Make a conscious effort to include movement and physical activity in your child’s day and be sure his activities are safe, supervised, and age-appropriate. Give him the space he needs to be active; don’t restrict his movement. Set aside at least 30 minutes each day for active play with your little one—and have fun! Encourage extra time for unstructured play, like digging in a sandbox or splashing in a wading pool under your supervision.