A preschool age child has a ton of energy and would rather run, jump, or wiggle that sit still. This is a good thing. At this age, the large and small muscle groups of the body are developing rapidly. Repeated motion builds a healthy body.

Here are some activities that encourage physical development:

Playing in the water in the backyard is a great way to get your child moving. Running through the sprinklers or splashing in water from the garden hose are both a lot of fun.

Take walks with the entire family and make a game of it.  First walk, then run, then march like soldiers. You can also collect pretty rocks or leafs to make it more fun.

Get a ball and get moving! What kid doesn’t like to play ball? A simple game of kickball can be very entertaining and physically beneficial.

Dancing is always a great way to get you and your child moving. So, turn on the tunes and dance around the house. To keep your child interested, just add silliness; dance like a chicken or a robot!

Turn your living room into an obstacle course! Use sofa cushions, cardboard boxes, toys, whatever you can find to create a course that gets your child crawling, running, and climbing.

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