Looking for a toy to keep the kids in your life active? Then check out these OT-recommended gifts to get kids MOVING!
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.
This includes activities that promote aerobic exercise (vigorously intensive physical activity, such as running), muscle strengthening (such as gymnastics, push-ups, etc.), and bone strengthening (such as jumping rope or running). You can read more about the CDC’s recommendations for children on their website.
Among the CDC’s tips for making physical activity a part of your child’s life is the recommendation to give your children equipment that encourages physical activity.
So today I want to introduce you to a whole bunch of equipment ideas to encourage physical activity and GET KIDS MOVING!
The toys and equipment included in this post mainly revolve around two sensory systems:
- Proprioceptive (body awareness)
- Vestibular (balance/movement)
And you can learn more about the benefits of proprioceptive sensory input (aka- “heavy work”) in this post.
Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at lots of OT-recommended gifts to help kids stay active and have fun!
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