What Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers Can Do to Promote Physical Play in School-Age Children
- Adults can work to ensure that school-age children have time and opportunities for free play both at school and outside school hours.
- Adults can ensure that quality outdoor play environments are available for school-age children both at school and in the larger community.
- Parents can work to influence their children to enjoy a balance between physical activities and sedentary activities when they are at home.
- Parents can encourage their children to be selective in sports participation so they also have opportunities for child-initiated play in addition to adult-directed physical play.
- Parents can encourage children of both genders to participate in sports and physical play while accepting gender differences in play selections.
- Parents can encourage and support their children’s interests for play.
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