The Preschool Activity Pyramid

This publication uses illustrations that parents can use to encourage their preschoolers to get enough exercise, based on MyPyramid.
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Being physically active helps children grow, learn, build strong muscles and bones, have energy, maintain a healthy weight, and feel good about themselves. Preschool children should be active at least 60 minutes each day. Short bursts of activity all add up.

Everyday Activities

  • Play outside
  • Ride less, walk more: Walk to preschool, walk to the store, walk to the park
  • Help around the house or yard
  • Walk and play with your pet
  • Pick up your toys
  • Ride bikes

Play Activities

Activities that make you breathe hard and sweat!

  • Playing games: Follow the leader, tag, hide and seek
  • Dancing to music
  • Playing TV or video games that get you moving

Recreational Activities

  • Relay races
  • Playing with balls
  • Playing soccer
  • Playing T-ball
  • Swimming

Activities to Reduce

  • Watching TV
  • Watching nonactive computer and video games
  • Sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time

Free Time Activities

  • Bike riding
  • Swinging
  • Exploring a nature park
  • Flying a kite
  • Digging in the dirt or sand
  • Tumbling in the leaves
  • Building a snowman

Strength and Flexibility Activities

  • Climbing on play-ground equipment
  • Tumbling
  • Climbing stairs
  • Playing in obstacle courses
  • Dancing
  • Martial arts