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Activity for Younger Children

Young children love to be active and explore their surroundings. By the time children can walk they should be physically active for about 3 hours a day – this should include a mixture of different activities.

As parents and carers playing with our children is great fun, and allows us to build a special bond with them. At the same time you will be building healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

  • Getting a balance between busy activities, quiet play and periods of rest and sleep is good for your little ones health and well being.

    It reduces the risk of children becoming overweight. It has a positive affect on their  health and  emotional well being.

     Most children love to get active – especially if it means time playing with you.

    You don’t need flashy toys or even loads of space to get your little ones moving.

    Here are some ideas;

    Bubbles and balloons – babies will reach and roll to get to bubbles. Toddlers love to chase, pop and catch them. (If balloons burst be sure to collect all the pieces straight away to avoid a choking hazard)

    Make a Fort – old bedlinen and cushions from the sofa to clamber on

    Roly-Polys - your pre-schooler  will be proud to show off their forward roll

    Party Games – Like musical statues or musical bumps otr who can stand on one leg longest?

    Book Worm Workout – story time doesn’t have to be still – get your child jumping up and down whenever they hear a certain word -or acting out the story

    Make an ‘Indoor Playground’ - find things to climb over, wriggle under, squeeze round – get competitive and use the stopwatch on your phone!


  • As your little one grows they should spend less and less time in buggies, high chairs and bouncers. This is important. It gives them the chance to develop their balance, movement and muscles.

    It helps them become confident in what their bodies can do.

    Under 5s should not be strapped into car seats, buggies or seats for longer than an hour at a time without a break to ‘get physical’

    Letting your baby play on their tummy and roll about on the floor will help them to keep on track with their physical development

    Popping your toddler in the buggy to get to the shops is sometimes necessary – but they will really enjoy it when you let them walk – even if it is just some of the way!

  • What might sound like a dull walk to the shop or park can be a big adventure for you all - especially if you poke all the insects, search for imaginary tigers, and stamp on all the cracks (all whilst being a superhero!)

    It is good for the well being of parents and carers to be active and out of the house too – the four walls can ‘close in’ from too much time at home – it can help your mood and your patience! Caring for little ones is hard work!


Who can help?

If you are concerned about your child’s weight or eating habits and feel you need support then you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. CLICK HERE

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