Active Play & Development


Even at the tender age of 3, 4, or 5, your child needs lots of opportunities for physical activity. This kind of active play is important both for good health and for building gross motor skills. For preschoolers, developing large motor skills—learning to use the large muscles in their legs, arms, and trunk to run, jump, throw, catch, and kick—isn't just key to the development of their bodies and brains. 


It’s also fun! 

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Young children learn by doing, and “active play” includes both structured and unstructured activities. If there’s been a snowfall and children play in the yard piling up the soft snow and rolling down the pile, that’s unstructured play. Later, when the weather warms a bit, they find that the snow has become sticky and they can create snowmen. This is also unstructured.

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