ccaphysactivitysml ChildcareAlive! Physical Activity Resources

Best Practice: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.

Daily physical activity and active play time helps children to sleep better, learn more, and become comfortable with their environment. You can promote fitness, self-esteem, self confidence, learning, and more without specialized knowledge, fancy equipment, or a lot of money.

10 Simple Ways to Get Moving

  1. Spread paper plates on the ground and pretend they are rocks in a stream. Step from one to the other to get across “the stream”.
  2. Mow a maze and walk, crawl or slither through.
  3. When you go for a walk move in a straight line, a curvy path or backwards.
  4. Set up an obstacle course, inside or out. Include things that children can climb over, go around or crawl under.
  5. Find an open space and try rolling in different ways: straight body, curled up or down a hill.
  6. Blow bubbles outside. Chase and catch them before they pop.
  7. Pretend you're an animal - move and make sounds like that animal.
  8. Pretend to be a tiny seed in the ground and grow into a large flower.
  9. Make weather motions. Move your body like the rain the wind, a thunder storm or snow.
  10. Use movement words throughout the day such as - slide, sway, swing, hop, crawl, slither, bend doge, zig zag - to keep active movement on the top of everyone's mind.

Check out these resources for more ways to get active:

Moving and Learning
Features activities and resources from children's active play specialist, Rae Pica.
Increasing Active Play Time
Tips from the NAP SACC Program.
Sesame Street: We Have the Moves
Includes activities for varying amount of time, equipment, space, and age groups.
Outdoor Play During the Winter
Ideas for outdoor play activities during the winter months.
Let’s Move! Child Care Resource Center for Physical Activity
Free tools and activity ideas to keep your kids moving
Sample Policies: Nutrition & Physical Activity
from the NAP SACC Program.