With today’s life styles most young kids are not moving enough. Yet the early years are critical, both for
children’s physical and psychological growth and for developing lifelong healthy behaviours. More and
more countries are developing physical activity guidelines for young children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and leading health and fitness organization all agree that children
over the age of 2 need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day for good
health. Children can accomplish this goal by being active for 10 minutes, 6 times a day, 15 minutes 4
times a day, or any combination that equals 60 minutes a day.
Here are some milestones for children age 3, 4 and 5 year olds.
Milestones for 3 year olds:
Milestones for 4 year olds:
Milestones for 5 year olds:
Here are some examples of energetic activities for children:
Energetic activity for children will make kids “huff and puff” and can include organised
activities, such as dance and gymnastics. Any sort of active play will usually include bursts of
Many of these activities are included in our Forever Kids portion of the Baby Power Forever
Kids programs. We do not insist that all children must follow all the recommended
guidelines. There are some children that will never do a somersault and that is OK as long as
they get their physical activity in other ways. Raising a child’s self image as well as their
enjoying physical activity is so important-AS WELL AS HAVING FUN !!!!
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