Get Moving! Ways to Motivate Your Preschoolers To Be Active

As young children are developing, it’s important they stay active to ensure their bodies can grow properly. Regular exercise cannot only help preschoolers build strong muscles and bones; it can also help them develop important motor skills and self-esteem. Through play and activities they already enjoy doing, you can teach children the importance of staying active. Here are three activities you can do together as a class. 

  1. Make Time for Outdoor Activities
    As the weather’s cooling down, there’s no better time to take your students outside for some fresh air. To help get your students moving, try playing interactive games as a class like Hopscotch or Simon Says. Your students will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re exercising.
     
  2. Encourage Dancing While Singing Together
    For both children and adults, dance involves a greater range of motion, coordination, strength and endurance. While young children are naturally active, dance helps them expand their movement possibilities. The next time you plan time to sing together as a class, ask your preschoolers to show you their best moves while doing so.
     
  3. Plan a Scavenger Hunt
    Children love to explore and learn something new. As a way to teach them about the world around them, plan an indoor or outdoor scavenger hunt and ask them to find different objects. This activity not only gets them thinking as they search for the hidden objects, they also using their fine motor skills as they move around.  

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