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did you know Active Parents, Active Kids Toddlers need at least an hour a day of unstructured (free play) activities like: • using push and pull toys • playing with shape sorters and building blocks • pretending to be like Mommy or Daddy (vacuuming, using tools, cooking, etc.) • using their imaginations (taking care of dolls, zooming cars, etc.) • drawing with crayons Preschoolers need some independent play time (about an hour) to choose their own activities like painting and drawing, playing dress-up, etc., and they also require at least an hour of organized play and exercise to help them develop and learn how to master important motor skills through activities like: • • • • • • • • 4 As well as at least half an hour of adult-led physical activity: listening to music and dancing or jumping exploring and playing in the backyard or playground together climbing stairs and using climbing equipment playing ball taking a toddler movement or tumbling class together playing games like “Follow the Leader” HACHEALTHCLUB.COM kicking, catching and throwing a ball at home rather than in organized sports, where they might not understand the rules and may lack the attention span, skills, and coordination needed hopping or balancing on one foot • • pedaling a tricycle or bike tumbling, skipping, or freeze dancing • • doing obstacle courses playing games like “Tag,” “Hide and Seek,” “Follow the Leader,” “Duck, Duck, Goose,” and “Simon Says” School-age kids need about an hour of physical activity per day, which can include activities like recess play and brisk walking, in addition to higher-intensity activities like running. Letting kids explore a variety of physical activities, games, and sports can help them find one they like best and that they can focus on into adolescence. You can help them transition from small-child play to organized sports by: • combining skills such a