Parents, caregivers and teachers all help young children learn how to count to 5, how to spell their name, cook with them, read with them and do arts and crafts with them. These things are all important, But some forget how important it is for preschool children to be physically active. Along with all the other activities you should do with your preschool child you should also spend 30 minutes doing something to get them moving. Here is a list of some of the activities I like to do with my children


  • Hopscotch
  • Wings – tie crepe paper along the back of your sleeves then run around and pretend to fly
  • Roller Coaster Walk – pretend your on a roller coaster, walk low to the floor then high, go fast and slow
  • Tag – on a sunny day play shadow tag, try and tag players shadows
  • Limbo – get a rope and have your child pass under. it make it lower every time. You could also start with the rope on the floor and have your child jump over it.
  • Log Roll – on a gentle slope have your child lay down with their arms folded across their chest and roll like a log
  • Dodge the Ball – throw a small soft ball at your child and get them to dodge out of the way
  • Beanbag Throw – place a hula hoop or rope in a circle on the ground and try to throw the beanbag into the middle
  • Bounce a ball – bounce the ball on the floor and catch it, also try bouncing it against a wall
  • Target Practice – Throw beanbags or a small ball at empty drink bottles
  • Mountain Climbing – place cushions and pillows in a pile and let your child climb over them
  • Beanbag Balance – have your child balance a bean bag on their head. Then get them to walk in a straight line with it on their head and also try standing on one leg

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19 comments on “kids active play ideas”

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun! My toddler is almost to the age of being able to do activities like this. I’m pinning this list to refer back to when I need to change up our activities. Thank you for posting it!

  2. Great ideas! Always good to have new ones since I feel like we get stuck in a rut of doing the same things! Stop by for a visit if you get a chance!

  3. Fab list, I’m always looking for fun things to do with small one.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to join our Pin’Inspiration party this week. I’m hoping that you’ll pop by tomorrow and share at my “Beat The Winter Blues” party. ๐Ÿ™‚

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