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Exercise for 3-5 year olds

Posted: March 02, 2020

Did you know that exercise for 3-5 year olds has such a lasting impact on a Childs physical and mental development. 


Structured and non-structured physical play every day has incredible benefits. Learning basic locomotor skills, such as jumping, hopping, skipping, walking, jogging, running, punching and kicking strengthens muscles, tendons, bone, connecting tissue and neuron pathways in the brain.  


The Physical and Mental Skills They're Developing:

  • Gross Motor Skills:
    • They're improving their Improved proficiency, control, and balance while walking, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, punching and kicking to target.
    • They're also developing a stronger sense of body awareness.
  • Listening & Understanding: 
    • They're developing the ability to follow simple and multiple-step directions.
  • Physical Development:
    • They're developing the ability to engage in moderate to vigorous intensity activity, which increases cardiovascular and muscle strength, as well as endurance.
  • Social/Emotional Development:
    • They're developing a feeling of belonging, as well as a sense of humour

Exercise for this age group should be engaging, fun and time sensitive. 3 to 5 minute drills is enough to hold concentration then move on the next activity or drill.


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