Healthy Children - October 2012

 

Ready... Set... Go Play! With the Fit Wic Activity

Children learn through movement. Did you know that you are your child’s most important teacher? The skills you help your child learn through active play are skills she can use all of her life.

Play Every Day

Your toddler or preschooler needs 60 minutes or more each day of active free playtime. Going outside every day is one of the best ways to accomplish this. If you can’t be outside, active play inside is the next best thing.

Build Your Skills

Your toddler needs at least 30 minutes a day of planned physical activity. Your preschooler needs at least 60 minutes. Help your child practice skills like jumping, tumbling, balancing and catching every day.

Explore Your Community

Getting to know his neighborhood will help your child feel safe and confident. Instead of watching TV on Saturday mornings, make a play-date at the park or take the family to visit the library, a nearby farm or recreation path.

Infants (0-12 months old)

From birth, give your baby safe opportunities to move and explore. Babies love “floor time” where they can reach, roll and crawl. Try not to keep her in her infant seat, crib, or playpen for too long at one time.

Games to play together - peek-a-boo, pat-a-cake

Toddlers (1-3 years old)

Toddlers are learning to control their own bodies and develop skills like running and jumping. Active play helps your toddler tap into his creativity and imagination too.

Games to play together - follow the leader, marching band, ring around the rosy, dancing to music

Preschoolers (3-5 years old)

Preschoolers are developing confidence in movement skills that will prepare them for more advanced physical activities like school sports.

Games to play together - hide and seek, kickball, freeze, hopscotch, catch