With fall weather fast approaching, parents are looking for new ways to safely get their kids outside and participating in fun activities. Outdoor play provides an important source of necessary activity for children. Children get the most benefit from exercising when participating in activities for at least one hour. Health benefits can include stronger bones and muscles, reduced risk of unhealthy weight gain, improved sleep, positive attitude and confidence, and a lowered risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Research shows that preschoolers ages 2-6 benefit greatly from physical activity, and those habits of exercise have lifelong impacts. Athletic programs for this age group not only impact their physical well-being, but also spur their cognitive learning development.
This same research also shows that sports activities that allow children to play with balls, dribble with both hands and feet, run, skip, hop, jump and learn to work with others as a “team” are also important to their development during these years.