Does exercise come naturally to you?
Don't worry. It doesn't come naturally to most people, according to a Harvard professor.
However, when we play, we're normally moving around. Yes, playtime is exercise and fun at the same time!
Did you know that exercise is also good for your mental health? It produces feel-good hormones, and can be a real stress releaser too.
Have fun with your preschool children doing these playtime activities.
Top tip: Adapt the activity. Use numbered containers to throw balls or soft toys into. Or balance balls on toilet roll tubes, and throw bean bags/soft toys to knock them off.
Match the bean to the action.
Test children's memories while they have lots of fun. You call out the bean, they do the action. Get a point for doing the right action.
Give your small muscles a workout by adding some play dough and have a dough disco — stretch it, pinch it and roll it in time to the music.
Practise walking like different animals.
Can other members of the family guess what you are? "Are you a donkey?" "No!"
Bonus points game: Have a race to find objects that start with letters in your name.
Daily walks or scoots are great for burning off energy. They'll be so tired, they might even go to bed on time (which means more me-time for you).
Getting some sun will help with their sleep patterns too. Try these ideas to get them moving:
Physical development: beginning to move freely with pleasure and confidence. Experimenting with different movements.
Communication and language development: understanding and following simple instructions.
Personal, social and emotional development: responding to what others are doing through play.
Maths: beginning to recognise numbers through play.