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Fitness for Preschoolers

Little kids love to move! Find out how to channel that energy into healthy habits, and have fun together too. Topics include safety, nutrition, game and activity how-tos, and how to motivate your preschooler to be physically active.

Fitness for Preschoolers
Preschoolers need just as much daily physical activity as older kids and adults do (60 minutes a day). What kind of physical activity for preschoolers is most fun and effective? Find suggestions for physical activity for preschoolers.

Gross Motor Skills Development Timeline
Here's when you can expect your child to crawl, walk, and run, why gross motor skills matter, and how to help your child practice them.

Lower the Odds of Obesity
If you're following these three basic family rules, you're lowering your child's risk of obesity.

Gross Motor Skills for Preschoolers
Young children need lots of opportunities for physical activity, both for good health and for skill-building. At this age, kids are busy developing fine and gross motor skills. Try these playful physical activities to help them!

When Should Kids Start Swim Lessons?
Children should start swim lessons when they are developmentally ready to learn to swim. Prior to that, water readiness programs can help prepare kids for swim lessons later.

Preschool, Daycare and Physical Activity
When you choose a preschool, daycare or other care setting, you have a lot of criteria to evaluate. Is the facility safe? Are the teachers trained and loving? Can you afford the tuition? Also important: Does the preschool, daycare or home-based center have a plan in place for kids' physical fitness?

Teach a Kid How to Ride a Bike
Describes three popular methods to teach a kid to ride a bike: using training wheels, an undersized bike, or a full-sized bike with a parent running alongside.

Parents' Tips on Helping Kids Learn to Ride a Bike
When and how did your child learn to ride a bike? Trade tips and stories with other parents.

Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers
These rainy day activities for toddlers come in handy when the weather keeps you inside. They're just right for expending energy and building physical skills.

Taking Toddlers and Preschoolers to Bigger Kids' Activities
Toddlers and preschoolers often have no choice but to tag along to older siblings' sports practices and other activities. These toys, games, and activities will help keep little ones busy.

Outdoor Physical Activities for Toddlers
Toddlers need half an hour each day of structured physical activities. They need an additional hour of unstructured activities, too. Here are some outdoor physical activities you can do with your toddler to meet those needs.

Are Kids' Sports Good for Preschoolers?
Is a preschooler too young to enroll in a kids' sports program? Which organized sports are good for little kids?

Ease Separation Anxiety
Do you face child separation anxiety when you drop your preschooler off at the gym child care or at her dance class? Develop comforting rituals and behave confidently to ease the pain and guilt of separation anxiety.

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