Take time to enjoy play outdoors at least 20 minutes each day. Shorter times spread throughout the day work well and can be a way to take some instructional activities to new settings. Below are more ideas to do indoors or outdoors to help children be active.
- Draw the name of an animal or insect out of a hat. Then have the children move around the yard mimicking the creature and demonstrating how the creature moves from one place to the next, finds food, sleeps, stays safe, etc.
- Throw a lightweight scarf or dish towel in the air and have children catch it.
- Set up a simple obstacle course by placing chairs or pillows around the room. Toddlers can practice crawling over or walking around the obstacle course.
- Encourage toddlers to practice jumping across the room or around chairs.