Reading this information from the Australian Government Department of Health reinforces all the reasons we are so passionate about getting children back outside and into physical play. “Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school age children.”
The guidelines state-
“Toddlers (1 to 3 years) and pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years) should be physically active every day for at least three hours, spread throughout the day.”
“For health benefits, children aged 5–12 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day. To achieve additional health benefits, children should engage in more activity – up to several hours per day.”
A key finding of this report found
“Only one-third of children, and one in ten young people undertook the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.”
Physical activity doesn’t just mean organised sports or running. It can be as simple as getting outside and playing! We strongly believe outside play makes our children healthier. When kids are running around outside, and in and around their cubby they are having so much fun they don’t even realise its exercise!
My Cubby Cubby houses have different levels to climb up and down. You can add fireman poles, walk-ways, rock walls, cargo nets and slides to keep them entertained and active. When children are enjoying what they are doing there is more chance of them doing it for longer and getting the amount of physical activity they need.
A big advantage of our open faced plans is you can see the children and they can see you, making them more likely to want to stay and play and it makes the cubby a real “play house” that is easy for the children to run in, around and through, not a “box style” for them to sit in.
If children are encouraged to be active when they are young by getting outside and playing, they won’t see it as a chore but as a daily, enjoyable part of life. This sets up a great routine for them and will translate into their teen and adult years, making an active lifestyle a natural progression for them.
Kids love imaginative play. In fact, so do adults.As a responsible adult, I often use my imagination – to pretend I’m lounging beside a pool, reading a book and sipping a cold drink, atop a mountain so high (yet, amazingly, the weather is wonderfully warm) that no one, not even
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