ChildcareAlive! Physical Activity Resources
Best Practice: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
Daily physical activity and active play time helps children to sleep better, learn more, and become comfortable with their environment. You can promote fitness, self-esteem, self-confidence, learning, and more – without specialized knowledge, fancy equipment, or a lot of money.
10 Simple Ways to Get Moving
- Spread paper plates on the ground and pretend they are rocks in a stream. Step from one to the other to get across "the stream".
- Mow a maze and walk, crawl or slither through.
- When you go for a walk move in a straight line, a curvy path or backwards.
- Set up an obstacle coure, inside or out. Include things that children can climb over, go around or crawl under.
- Find an open space and try rolling in different ways: straight body, curled up or down a hill.
- Blow bubbles outside. Chase and catch them before they pop.
- Pretend you're an animal - move and make sounds like that animal.
- Pretend to be a a tiny seed in the ground and grow into a large flower.
- Make weather motions. Move your body like the rain, the wind, a thunder storm or snow.
- Use movement words throughout the day such as --slide, sway swing, hop, crawl, slither bend, dodge, zig zag - to keep active movement on the top of everyone's mind.
Check out these resources for other ways to get active
Free activity downloads and tools to inspire creative, movement-based play and healthy food choices.
Features activities and resources from children's physical activity specialist, Rae Pica
Tips from the NAP SACC Program.
Includes activities for varying amount of time, equipment, space, and age groups.
Ideas for outdoor play activities during the winter months.
Free tools and activity ideas to keep your kids moving.
supported by Child Care Aware® of North Dakota as well as several other agencies and programs.
from the NAP SACC Program.
Check out the Child Care Aware® Curriculum Planning section and Activities sections to learn more ways to incorporate active play into your child care program. Also, visit the Child Care Aware® of North DakotaTraining Center to search and register for training and events related to active play and healthy eating.