Activities to encourage physical development in children
At Toad Hall, we believe that physical development and getting children moving is a vital part of their healthy growth. Toad Hall are passionate about promoting physical development in children as part of our early years provision. Our Toad Hall nurseries love getting children moving and we have lots of ideas to help your children stay active at home too!
Why is physical development in children so important?
Developing movement and physical ability is crucial for young children to be able to discover the world around them. Childhood physical development is a gradual process where children’s muscles get stronger, their motor development improves and children develop co-ordination. Regular movement helps to strengthen brain patterns and helps children to learn how they fit into the world.
Our top reasons why physical activities for children are so important:
- Builds confidence and self-esteem
- Helps children to make friends
- Helps children to maintain a healthy weight
- Improves fitness and balance
How much exercise do children need?
Children should be encouraged to get active from birth. Babies should be active every day; every moment counts towards their healthy growth. Toddlers should aim to be active for at least three hours per day. All types of movement, including exploring, rolling, playing, running and hopping count. Young children under five need to stay active and should avoid long periods of watching television, playing electronic games or travelling in the car or train.
How Toad Hall helps children get moving
At Toad Hall nurseries, our children love to get active. We use physical play throughout the day in all aspects of our activities and games. We provide physical activities for children indoors and outdoors and encourage our children to learn about the world in a fun and physical way.
Our Let’s Get Physical programme is used across all of our nurseries to ensure that our children get the exercise they need and develop a love of movement that will last a lifetime. This programme covers key areas of physical development including movement play, movement skills, movement and dance and a movement approach to learning. Children learn complex skills such as running and kicking, jumping and shooting, moving to music and story-telling through physical movement. Let’s Get Physical helps ensure that movement and activity is at the heart of the children’s experience at Toad Hall. For an insight into how our Sports Coach gets children active, read our Learning through physical activity article.
Helping your child get physical at home
Start by valuing your child’s physical development. Be positive about every milestone they achieve and always encourage your child as they explore their world through movement. You can develop young children’s movement skills by playing throwing games, balancing bean bags on your head, encouraging children to climb and taking every opportunity to let your children enjoy playing outside. The more positive you are about physical movement, the more your child will want to stay active.
Toad Hall are passionate about physical development in children. For more fun and creative ideas on getting active with your children at home, click here.