Children love to be active. In addition to free play we like to spend time painting, dancing, playing board games, telling stories and much more.
The interaction aids children’s development and being physically active improves their overall health. When they move, kids just feel good.
Physical activity also helps children:
- stay at a healthy weight
- reduce their risk of feeling stressed or depressed and developing obesity-related illnesses (type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and unhealthy cholesterol levels)
- build their strength, flexibility, and endurance
- enhance their motor skills, social skills, and brain development
- develop and maintain strong bones
- sleep better
- feel confident about themselves and their bodies as they grow
More and more evidence shows that children who are active tend to have fewer behavioral and disciplinary problems, do better in school, and have longer attention spans.