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You are your child's primary role model. Happy playtimes will help your child grow in every way, as well as being a source of joy and energy for you. Here are some of the many possibilities for making activity fun for everyone.
• Take a hike. Not that 10-mile trek up a mountain, but maybe half a mile or a mile on a local nature trail. Make it an occasion by gearing up with backpacks, hiking shoes or boots and sunscreen, and take some healthy trail snacks and pure water.
• Go to the park. Fun is contagious there. Count how many times your child says “Push me” while in the swing.
• Climb. Many playgrounds have safe equipment and soft surfaces for children to climb and slide. Find a play area that's geared for your child's age and abilities.
• Play ball. Nerf balls of all shapes are great for this child/parent game.
• Dance to the music. A great indoor activity. You don't need video. Popular music and children's songs work well.
• Be an urban explorer. Look at the plants, birds and animals in your neighborhood and at your local park. Let your child tell you what she or he sees, hears and smells.
• Enroll you child in swimming lessons. Young children can learn to be water safe and to swim. Not only is it a fun activity, but it can be a lifesaver.
• Check out family fitness facilities. Find out about preschool and children's programs and Mommy and Me activities at local YMCAs, community colleges, public fitness programs, and private gyms.
• Play games. Simple games can help a child develop physically and can be fun. “Mother, May I?” or “Simon Says” with hopping, skipping, jumping, giant steps, and walking sideways and backwards are active and easy. Don't push a preschooler into competitive or complex games.