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What types of exercise are appropriate for a preschooler?

Here are some general guidelines to help you determine when your preschooler may be ready for certain activities.
  • Age two: running; walking; galloping; jumping; and swimming with adult help and supervision
  • Age three: hopping; climbing; riding a tricycle or bicycle with training wheels and a helmet; and catching, throwing, and kicking a ball
  • Age four: skipping, playing tag, sledding, swimming, and completing an obstacle course
  • Age five: riding a bicycle while wearing a helmet; somersaulting; rollerblading or ice skating; gymnastics; soccer; and virtual fitness games (such as games for the Wii)
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