Importance of Physical Activity for Preschoolers

September 1, 2023
Importance of physical activity for preschoolers

As parents and guardians, it is important for us to understand the importance of physical activity for preschoolers, especially while they are growing up. Activities help in their development both physically and mentally. With regular exercise, children are able to lay the foundation for a lifetime of well-being. Children in their childhood should be encouraged to go out, play games and interact, which has a positive impact on their mental, emotional and physical development thus helping them grow and learn in the most effective manner.

In this blog we will talk about the importance of physical activity for preschoolers and its advantages for their overall well-being. We’ll also provide tips on how to add exercise into regular routines.

Physical Development

Physical development in early childhood is an important aspect for children as they experience rapid physical growth and development. With constant physical activity, and exercise children have stronger bones and muscles in turn improving their balance, coordination and motor skills. While fine motor skills are developed through activities like painting, coloring, and handling small items, gross motor abilities are developed through activities like running, leaping, climbing, and playing with balls. Preschoolers’ bodies develop healthily when they engage in a variety of physical activities, establishing a foundation for a lifetime of being physically active.

Importance of physical activity for preschoolers

Cognitive Growth

Exercise has several benefits on the cognitive skills of preschoolers. It has been studied throughout years that it is always beneficial for young kids, who are at their early age, to be engaged and active in play and games which makes their attention span and memory better, eventually getting better at problem-solving. Children who engage in physical activity develop brain connections that support learning and the interpretation of information easily.

Emotional stability

There is a significant impact of physical activity on the emotional well-being of preschoolers. Through fun and play, kids can let out their extra energy and feel calmer and happier. It gives them a place to express themselves with imagination, on an emotional level, and on their own terms. Additionally, participating in physical activity often involves connecting with peers, creating relationships and a sense of belonging that are important to emotional development. Regular physical activity increases a child’s likelihood of growing in self-assurance, self-esteem, and positive self-image.


Importance of physical activity for preschoolers


Social progress

Games that preschoolers play with other kids and physical activities promote social development in a positive environment. Playing is a recommended method for kids to learn important social abilities such as sharing, working together, and waiting for their chance. Play that is unstructured encourages negotiation and peer resolution of conflicts while team sports and group activities promote teamwork and collaboration. Healthy social relationships later in life are built on these social skills that can be learned through physical activity.

Academic Performance and Cognitive Skills of Preschoolers

Preschoolers benefit from physical activity, especially in terms of their intellectual growth. According to studies, children who regularly exercise tend to have better concentration, their attention span enhances, and they have improved problem solving skills. Exercise also enhances brain plasticity, helping in the growth of language and numeracy skills. Students will develop a lifetime love for learning, if they are in an environment where importance of physical activity for preschoolers is understood and encouraged.

Healthy Habits for Life

Healthy habits for preschoolers developed in early childhood tend to persist into adulthood. With regular physical activity, preschoolers are on the path towards a long, healthy and happy life. Kids who are active and constantly engage in physical activity are less likely to be at the risk of obesity, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. Children can acquire all the skills necessary to live a long, productive life if we instill good habits in them at an early age in life.

Importance of physical activity for preschoolers

Practical Tips for Incorporating Physical Activity:

Outdoor Play: Encourage outdoor play in places that are interesting and safe, such parks or playgrounds. With outdoor games and activities, children play games like jumping, climbing and tend to explore nature more.

Structured Activities: Enroll preschoolers in age-appropriate structured activities like dance classes, gymnastics, or swimming lessons. These activities not only promote physical skills but also foster discipline and focus.

Active Family Time: Engage in physical activities as a family, such as hiking, biking, or playing sports together. Activities that kids perform with their families are proven to be a fun and joyful experience for them, which also makes them understand its importance.

Limit Screen Time: Set reasonable limits on screen time to encourage children to engage in active play instead of sedentary activities.

Dance and Music: Encourage dancing and singing, as they are not only fun but also promote movement and creativity in preschoolers.

Indoor Play Spaces: Create indoor play spaces with age-appropriate toys and equipment that encourage physical activity even during unfavorable weather conditions.

Incorporate Movement in Learning: Incorporate movement-based learning activities into preschool curriculum. Games that involve physical activity can be used to teach the children about colors, numbers or letters.

Playdates and Social Interaction: Organize playdates with other children to provide opportunities for social interaction and cooperative play.


Play and movement are really important for little kids as these are activities to promote emotional well being. By understanding the importance of physical activity for preschoolers in early childhood, it builds the foundation for an active and healthy lifestyle as an adult. Activities make kids happy and energetic throughout, thus encouraging them to learn, make friends and keep them healthy. Parents and teachers can guarantee that preschoolers develop organically and thrive in every aspect of their lives through providing them plenty of opportunities for play and activity. Many preschools have programs that encourage kids to play and be active. Preschools offer programs and initiatives that prove to be a great help for children to lay a foundation for a happy, healthy and long life.

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