Class Type: Play & Learn 4
Lifting one’s head for the first time, rolling over, reaching for a ball and crawling are all part of the first stages of physical development. Though these developments happen naturally, the rate at which they happen can depend on the experiences we provide our children in the early years. As adults we need to provide children with an opportunity to move and explore their world. From day one, being active is important to help set the stage for an ongoing active lifestyle that promotes fun and fitness! In fact, the National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) states “all children birth to age five should engage in daily physical activity that promotes health related fitness and movement skills.” Providing opportunities for your child to be physically active is key. Children should be encouraged to crawl, play with balls and toys, balance, walk, climb, and play alongside peers. Whether you are involved in a structured program, such as Gymboree Play & Music, or you dedicate a certain amount of time to playing daily and moving with your child, activity is a must for young children to help them establish and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.