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physical_icon_fillPhysical play is important for children to keep fit and healthy. Physical play is the type of play that gets your child moving from big movements like running and jumping to small movements like picking up a pencil or tying a knot. Kids burn more calories through active play than any other type of play, which can help keep them fit, and contribute to a huge range of health benefits. It also helps children to understand their bodies for what they can do rather than what they look like and this can help children have better body image, self-confidence, and a greater sense of achievement – no matter what their ability. Physical activity has also been shown to contribute to brain growth and function and attention to academic subjects.

This type of play involves children being physically active, either indoors or outdoors, as all children need to let off steam and burn off their natural energy. Studies show that the earlier you get children active the more active they will choose to be when they are older and play is a natural choice to make activity fun for young children.

Physical benefits of play:
  • Fitness
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Dexterity
  • Co-ordination
  • Self-confidence
  • Social skills
  • Mood
  • Happiness
  • Good behaviour
  • Better brain function
  • Body image
  • Confidence
  • Improved sleeping and eating patterns
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Activities that promote these benefits:
  • ‘Tag’ or ‘it’
  • Running around
  • Climbing
  • Swinging
  • Skipping
  • Riding (bike, scooter, skateboard)
  • Ball games
  • Dancing
  • Obstacle courses
  • Bouncing on the bed
  • Cushion hopping around the lounge on a rainy day
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