Physical activity guidelines (by age)

Movement and play are important from the very start. Children build motor skills, muscles and learn about the world, through joy and fun.

Children older than 1 yr should not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping.

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NAPSE) says it’s important that all children age 0-5 engage physical activity everyday. Go play!

Infants age 0-12 months, should engage in physical movement that promotes development and the exploration of their environment.

Toddlers age 12 to 36 months, should engage in at least 30 minutes of structured (caregiver led) activity and 60 minutes of unstructured activity… or letting kids play on their own.

Preschoolers age 3-5, should engage in 60 minutes of structured activity and from 1 to several hours of unstructured play.

All children should be encouraged to develop skills that will promote motor development and should have access to indoor and outdoor play areas that will promote the use of large muscle development.

For more information on the recommended guidelines for play, visit the National Association for Sport and Physical Education website.

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