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The Benefits of Active Play For Toddlers
Physical activity in babies, toddlers and preschoolers brings physical benefits such as increased muscle strength, coordination and bone density. Along with obvious exercise benefits, these activities can boost physical wellbeing later in life by reducing the risk of injury and diseases like osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease - so it's important to encourage your toddler into active play early.
Not only that, the confidence that active play teaches in gross motor movements leaves toddlers free to enjoy, and challenge themselves in, physical activity both now and long into adulthood.
Guidelines from the National Association for Sport and Activity suggest toddlers and pre-schoolers should engage in two hours of physical activity and active play every day, and that no child should be inactive for more than one hour at a time (unless, of course, they are sleeping).