With summer in full swing, make the most use of the good weather and engage in some physical activities with your child!

Here are some ideas for each age group:

Age 1-3:

  • Have your child play outside with siblings, pets, or other children.
  • Go out for a walk and allow your child to spend some time walking beside you (instead of having them sit on the stroller the entire time).
  • Play hide-and-seek.
  • Allow your child to crawl, walk, or run around in a safe space (supervised).

Age 4-5: 

  • Take your child to ride a bicycle (don’t forget the helmet!)
  • Play with a ball: catching, throwing, bouncing, and kicking it
  • Take your child for a swim
  • Organize a treasure hunt
  • Take a walk as a family after dinner

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Tips to remember:

  • Make physical activity fun and engaging for the entire family!
  • Gain input from your child about their preferences – give your child a few options for activities you can do together and have them pick their favorite.
  • Limit the amount of TV time – no more than 1 to 2 hours per day.
  • Lead by example – show your child you enjoy engaging in physical activity.

How to help your child avoid breathing problems during exercise:

  • Ask your pediatrician to recommend an activity tailored to your child’s capabilities.
  • Always speak with your child’s doctor before starting any new physical activity.

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