Children love to move. Yet, somewhere between childhood and adulthood that desire seems to dwindle for most people. There are so many other things vying for our attention and they keep stealing the valuable exercise time of younger and younger people.
That is why it is important to instill the love of movement in children early and re-inject it often. Exercise with your Child Week (August 2-8, 2015) is the perfect time to jumpstart your efforts.
The benefits of movement go beyond obesity prevention. For children, exercise is an opportunity to develop and practice new motor skills. The sense of accomplishment that comes with being active can help boost confidence. If done with a group, exercise and team activities can help children develop socially and emotionally. You also have cognitive and creative development with exercise, and all of this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of movement.
So whether you have one child or a whole group, here are a few fun activities that can be adapted to children of different ages and abilities.
Give children the opportunity to try new physical activities and invite them to try things you enjoy doing. If they see adults in their life being active they will see it as a lifelong commitment and continue to reap the benefits for years to come.
Remember to keep it appropriate for your child’s age and ability. And most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Source: Early Elementary Children Moving & Learning: A Physical Education Curriculum by Rae Pica