What Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers Can Do to Promote Physical Play in Preschool Children
- Adults can ensure that preschool children are given daily opportunities to engage in motor play.
- Adults can make sure that the outdoor play environment contains play equipment that include opportunities to exercise all types of motor skills.
- Adults can become advocates for outdoor play. Parents should find out the status of free-play opportunities in their child’s preschool center and insist it be a part of the daily schedule
- Caregivers and teachers of preschool children should learn how to lead activities for the development of motor skills.
- Caregivers in after-school programs for preschool programs should include opportunities for free physical play and limit television viewing when children are in their care.
- Caregivers and preschool teachers can develop their schedule to alternate between quiet and more active play experiences.
- Parents can be intentional in taking children to areas for physical play if there are no spaces at home.
- Parents can limit television viewing and encourage children to engage in physical play instead.
- Parents and caregivers can accept gender differences in play and support play behaviors of both boys and girls.
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