Physical activities for toddlers, physical activity is an essential component in a child’s development at the psychomotor level, and attention to its benefits began with the results of studies and research that indicated the need to adopt educational approaches that are balanced between what is cognitive and skilled and what is physical movement, especially in the early years of life Children i.e. nurseries and kindergartens.
In Canada, for example, and the province of Quebec in particular, the Ministry of the Family in charge of childcare centers and nurseries recommends the necessity of programming daily activities concerned with the physical and sports aspects, in addition to allocating internal and external spaces to be used for this purpose.
Canada is considered one of the leading countries in the field of early childhood care through its adoption of modern and effective educational approaches and its setting of clear and sometimes strict laws and frameworks of reference, in order to establish effective foundations that serve primary and intermediate education, and why not university education as well.
Children’s daily activities
These activities are often combined with what the child does at home or outside with his family. Here it is worth noting the role of parents in accustoming their children to walking or riding a bike … from an early age.
It is undoubtedly a good idea to encourage children to engage in physical activities whenever the opportunity arises and to make this a daily and continuous habit.
Free activities for children
These spontaneous activities are of moderate to high frequency and generally increase the child’s heart rate, such as:
Running, playing with the ball … It is better at this level to test many outdoor games to choose the appropriate ones, and they generally occupy less time due to the physical exertion they require from young children.
These activities allow exploring the potentials and limits of each individual child, thus it is an opportunity to test children’s abilities and readiness for the next level of the pyramid.
Doing sports for children
It includes structured activities that help children improve their basic motor skills and coordinate various body parts to accomplish certain sports tasks.
And we are talking here about practicing sports for children in its well-known form, even if it is in a rudimentary way, such as football, swimming, skiing … and the family and nursery must allocate certain times per week, i.e. once, twice, or three times to teach young children the basics of some sports.
Non-motor activities for children
It is the top of the pyramid, and it represents a group of activities that children do, and you do not require them to do a large physical activity such as video games, watching television, using computers, mobile phones, and tablets … in this regard.
The time-space allocated for this type of activity should be reduced, especially at home. Besides some positives, there are many negatives that may affect a child’s development in the medium and long term.