As a follow up to our article on active kids last month, we’re continuing the active theme with a second column from Jennifer Hood of Jump! Gymnastics. She has lots of great ideas for how to incorporate that all-important unstructured play into your child’s life: Physical activity is essential for healthy child development. It is how our kids acquire the basic co-ordination, strength, confidence and creativity they need to be healthy and active for life. New Canadian guidelines recommend a minimum of 60 minutes (and up to several hours) of unstructured physical activity daily for young children.
Just by being themselves most children will meet the 60 minute minimum recommendation – but there is no such thing as too much activity, so here are some ways you can help encourage active play: