2 – 5 year olds require 3 hours of physical activity a day

2 – 5 year olds require 3 hours of physical activity a day

Did you know that children under 5 need 3 hours of physical activity a day? No doubt you’ve noticed by their surplus amount of energy.





Laying the foundation for their future, these first five years are key. Being physically active within these 5 years is crucial to a child’s development and the forming of beneficial lifelong behaviours.

3 hours may seem a lot to fill, plus it’s not just movement children need, it’s a variety of movement. But don’t worry if you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve got you covered. Browse below at our list of activities to gain both ideas and insight into the skills developed.



We thought we’d start with a classic. A game played for generations; hopscotch never gets old and there’s a reason for that. It’s fun!

  • Skills developed: hopping


Bean bag toss

Being younger, bean bags may be easier to handle, plus there can be less frustration if dropped because they don’t roll away. Have your child aim at targets you’ve created; alternatively throw the bean bag to one another, increasing the distance with every successful catch.

  • Skills developed: throwing, catching, coordination



Who doesn’t love a good dance? Maybe you create a routine together or opt for the freestyle approach, time to get grooving!

  • Skills developed: coordination, agility, balance


Balloon tennis

So much fun and so simple. Chasing the balloon as it flies around, this high energy game will bring lots of laughs. Remember, don’t let the balloon touch the floor!

  • Skills developed: coordination, agility


Bike ride

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage. With a long list of benefits and the enjoyment it brings children, a bike ride, whether on a balance bike, tricycle or bicycle, is an activity of insurmountable value.

  • Skills developed: balance



See how far your child can leap, challenging them with markers to reach. You never know, one day it’s a simple living room activity and the next they’re jumping in the Olympics.

  • Skills developed: jumping


Simon says

Another timeless classic. Yet the added bonus with this is that you get to come up with the actions, so you can tailor it to suit your child’s movement needs.

  • Skills developed: many and varying


Fly a kite

Flooding children with a sense of accomplishment, pride and joy, getting that kite flying high in the sky is a wonder, you only need to look at your child’s smiling face to see.

  • Skills developed: running


Egg and spoon

Start practising now and they’ll be a pro by the time sports day comes along.

  • Skills developed: balance, coordination


Kick bowling

Bowling but with your feet! Use empty bottles as the targets and see how many your child can knock down.

  • Skills developed: kicking



Getting into yoga at a young age offers a lifetime of benefits. In what can be a very busy world, yoga can invite a calmness into children’s lives, encouraging relaxation, body-awareness and self-esteem.

  • Skills developed: flexibility, strength, coordination



In encouraging your child to be physically active in those first five years, they gain the tools and techniques to support a lifetime of healthy habits.