Most everyone would agree that playing outside as a child is fun. Here at The Adventurous Child, we strongly support outdoor fun! What most people don’t know are the enormous benefits of physical activity- not only for adults, but children as well. A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine[i] shows that physically active children are more academically successful than those who are sedentary. The study showed a positive correlation between physical activity and an increase in academic success, particularly in the subjects of math, English and reading. For the preschool child, establishing habits of physical activity at a young age could place them on a path of future success in the academic arena. Let’s get our preschoolers in the habit of getting physical to start them on the path of lifelong success!
Simple Ways to Get Your Preschooler Outside for Some Physical Activity:
- A fun game of hide and seek
- Walk around the neighborhood
- Bike rides
- Scavenger hunt
[i] “Physical Activity and Performance at School –A Systematic Review of the Literature Including a Methodological Quality Assessment” By Amika Singh Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(1):49-55. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.716