Staying Active with Your Child

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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