home
RSS
January 4th, 2012
07:22 AM ET

Playtime for preschoolers essential, study says

Preschoolers in child care centers aren't spending enough time playing outdoors and just being kids, according to a new study published in this week's Pediatrics journal.

Three quarters of American children ages 3 to 5 are in child care and, like most kids, they need to be more physically active, say researchers. But children who aren't in day care may also lack enough active time outside.

"Daily physical activity is essential for preschool age children both for preventing obesity and for their development - their physical development and their cognitive development," says study author Dr. Kristen Copeland from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.

Dr. Copeland and her team of researchers wanted to find out why children weren't more active so they talked to the staff at 34 child care facilities in Cincinnati. They discovered that centers often emphasized classroom learning at the expense of outdoor playtime. Experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics say this is not limited to Cincinnati, but occurs in many parts of the country as well.

"We were somewhat surprised to find this in this young age group," says Copeland. "But teachers told us that parents - both upper income and lower income parents - seemed to be more concerned about what their children were learning than about whether they went outside and mastered fundamental gross motor skills."

When kids are running, skipping and learning to ride tricycles, they aren't only exercising their bodies, they're also exercising their minds, which is why playtime is so important, experts say.

"If you're [a child] taking turns and you're playing 'Duck, Duck, Goose,' and you're running outside playing 'Hide and Seek' and counting to 10, you're got a lot of cognitive skills added in there," says Dr. Laura Jana. "They are applying what they learned in a book; they are projecting out and figuring out or making up rules. All of these things are cognitive skills."

Jana is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the AAP's executive committee for early education in child care.

Researchers found concerns about playground safety by staff and parents contributed to more sedentary activities in youngsters. Some parents even requested that their child stay indoors instead of heading outside to play. Another contributing factor to kids getting less playtime are state safety guidelines for play structures, which have gotten stricter over time, rendering some of the equipment less challenging or interesting for children.

Children tended to either use the equipment less or climb on it in ways that were not intended, like up the sides of support poles. Budgetary constraints also kept some centers from purchasing updated playground equipment or providing adequate spaces for children to run and play.

How much playtime do children need? Pediatric experts recommend that preschoolers get 90 to 120 minutes of gross motor activity daily, and be taken outdoors twice a day. But Copeland found that children spent only 2 to 3% of their time engrossed in vigorous play during an 8 hour day in child care.

According to the CDC, 17% of children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese, so intervening early with more physical activity is important.

Copeland suggests that parents get involved and help shape child care practices about physical activity. First, start by dressing children appropriately. Close-toed shoes on warm days and coats and mittens in cold weather are essential for safe outdoor play. And that old wives tale about catching a cold in frigid weather, it's just not true, so let your child participate. Also, when you look for a child care center, go explore the playground and ask the staff if children have a place to play during inclement weather.

Classroom learning such as mastering shapes, colors and letters is important for school readiness, but exploring outdoors and just plain being a kid is vital as well.

Jana explains: "Safety is important, supervision is important and academics too, but play should be elevated to the same level as early literacy.... play gets left off that list, it's almost too simple."

What you learn in preschool and kindergarten can help shape your success later in life, says Copeland.


soundoff (1,057 Responses)
  1. confidence group

    https://cse.google.ki/url?sa=t&rct=j&url=https://realchrisburns.com

    May 6, 2021 at 00:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. truck oil change near me

    When I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment. There has to be a means you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers!

    http://ad.accordo.it/adserver/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=240__zoneid=24__cb=33148d92a4__oadest=http3A2F2Ffleetservicerepairshop.com

    May 6, 2021 at 01:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Maintenance California

    http://www.google.nu/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://ocrvcenter.com

    May 6, 2021 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. the kind pen personal vaporizer

    Merchant Accounts For Online Smoke Shops|Best Online Headshop 2021|#1 Trực Tuyến Headshop|Zerona Smoke Cửa Hàng|Denver's Premier Smoke Shop silicone bubbler pipe điện thoại thông minh app, you can find everything you need to know on the #DopeBoo blog. The problem with most trực tuyến head shops is they’re only the middlemen for other sellers. Everything you see here is from a genuine online smoke shop staffed by a professional team of experts who use the same products you do.|We've made the world's best smoke cửa hàng with only the best bongs, vapes, and dab rigs. They all of the new and hottest brands, our new favorite being Mathematix Glass. They stock a long list of American made glass and offer free U.S. shipping on all products. Another plus is that their hassle-không tính phí returns and customer service are remarkable.

    https://pilotdiarystore.com/

    May 6, 2021 at 10:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Prescription Oakley Sunglasses

    It’s difficult to find knowledgeable people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

    http://kancelaria-zielinska.com.pl/test/?wptouch_switch=desktop&redirect=http3A2F2Fsunglasseseyedoctorsoptometristphoenixaz.com

    May 6, 2021 at 12:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ray Ban Prescription Sunglasses

    I blog frequently and I seriously appreciate your information. This great article has truly peaked my interest. I'm going to take a note of your site and keep checking for new details about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

    http://www.struthoff-ranch.com/Default.aspx?id=101376&Redirect=https://sunglasseseyedoctorsoptometristphoenixaz.com

    May 6, 2021 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. good food near me

    After looking at a number of the articles on your site, I seriously appreciate your way of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web site as well and tell me what you think.

    http://www.autaabouracky.cz/plugins/guestbook/go.php?url=http://commercialrepairshop.comsprinter-

    May 6, 2021 at 13:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. sephora near me

    http://tracking.vietnamnetad.vn/Dout/Click.ashx?itemId=3413&isLink=1&nextUrl=https://socallandscapers.com

    May 6, 2021 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. box truck body repair

    This website truly has all of the information and facts I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

    https://video.ultra-zone.net/watch?v=IEL43v8j0Pc

    May 6, 2021 at 17:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Forklifts California

    Good article. I absolutely appreciate this website. Continue the good work!

    http://domaintransfer.info/watch/dZ-KvRhE3qU

    May 6, 2021 at 18:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Brewing Company

    You are so awesome! I do not suppose I have read a single thing like that before. So great to find someone with original thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that's needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!

    https://www.ryazanovskoe.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?event1=&event2=&event3=&goto=https://howtobrews.com

    May 6, 2021 at 18:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. LbsoZisse

    cialis tablets australia http://ucialisdas.com/ generic cialis black 800 mg

    May 7, 2021 at 02:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. great clips near me

    Excellent write-up. I absolutely appreciate this site. Keep it up!

    http://ext.bridg.com/set-origin?target=http://www.nearmyspot.com

    May 7, 2021 at 04:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. best car ac repair near me

    https://popular50.com/us/watch/Y3y0B57skJk

    May 7, 2021 at 06:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Forklift Tires California

    https://www.vdyoutube.com/watch?v=RdrVjjDs8eE

    May 7, 2021 at 08:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. White Wine

    https://images.google.co.nz/url?sa=j&source=web&rct=j&url=https3A2F2Fcraftbrewersofboise.com&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGaY_nlK9ozc51fqwjiVdMaYZL7rg

    May 7, 2021 at 08:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Forklift Dealer Orange County

    http://www.technologyanddowntowns.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.forkliftrepairshop.com

    May 7, 2021 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. stop and shop near me

    Right here is the right site for everyone who wants to understand this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a subject which has been discussed for ages. Great stuff, just excellent!

    http://fd61.s6.domainkunden.de/cgi-bin/trackclicks.asp?Id=7&CCT=209&5779=962309&Url=https://www.taxdebtreliefhelpers.com

    May 7, 2021 at 15:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. New Forklift Repair Shop California

    A motivating discussion is worth comment. I think that you ought to publish more about this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but generally folks don't discuss such topics. To the next! Many thanks!!

    https://google.jo/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https3A2F2Fforkliftdealernearme.com&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGaY_nlK9ozc51fqwjiVdMaYZL7rg

    May 7, 2021 at 15:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. rv repair orange county california

    Good site you've got here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

    https://thewikihow.com/video_ijZVx5rebRQ

    May 7, 2021 at 20:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. auto repair shop la palma

    You've made some really good points there. I looked on the net for more info about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this web site.

    http://guralsan.co/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    May 7, 2021 at 23:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Internet Marketing Events

    http://www.airbornesafety.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 01:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Digital Marketing Programs

    I quite like reading through an article that can make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!

    http://www.apamamalaga.es/autopanel/apama/modulos/banner/redirect.php?id_banner=1&url=http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 02:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. AnooEncox

    where can i buy viagra in adelaide http://llviagra.com/ – pemasaran viagra differenza tra il cialis e il viagra

    May 8, 2021 at 02:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. LebnEncox

    online pharmacy pain relief http://xlnpharmacy.com/ best ed medication

    May 8, 2021 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Internet Marketing Videos

    http://www.qqtly.net/Banner/Click.aspx?id=370&url=https://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. rv rentals california orange county

    This is a topic that is close to my heart... Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details though?

    http://nytera.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    May 8, 2021 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. LbsoZisse

    cialis no perscrption http://ucialisdas.com/ – cialis cheap cialis med dapoxetine

    May 8, 2021 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Social Media Marketing Firm

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!

    https://www.mdmed.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?event1=&event2=&event3=&goto=https://www.affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 16:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Google Marketing Program

    Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

    http://www.katalog.auto.cz/modules/nd/ajax.mod.php?op_type=cat-compare-d12&action=add&id=7558&back=http://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 21:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Digital Marketing Business

    https://ovipps.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 23:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Internet Marketing Consultants Near Me

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful article. Thank you for providing this information.

    http://oceandrivemagazine.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 03:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Content Marketing Company

    https://www.freetv.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 06:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. RV Seats California

    https://go.menjelajahi.com/sCUr4AQ

    May 9, 2021 at 07:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. JebgEncox

    pharmacy rx world https://pharmacylo.com/ online pharmacy store

    May 9, 2021 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Internet Marketing Company Near Me

    https://th.interecm.com/interecm/tracker?op=click&id=37fe.28c&url=https://affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 12:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. GtnbCrulk

    viagra canadian pharmacy https://jokviagra.com/ – liquid viagra is there a generic viagra

    May 9, 2021 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. GtnbCrulk

    viagra experiences first time https://jokviagra.com/ – viagra how does it work viagra original use

    May 9, 2021 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. FmrfEncox

    buy cialis online usa https://cialisee.com/ cialis in canada

    May 10, 2021 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Social Media Marketing Masters

    Aw, this was a really good post. Finding the time and actual effort to generate a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don't manage to get nearly anything done.

    http://www.frcc-mail.frcc.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 14:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. when do manchester united play

    The swing is an accessory exercise. Go with multiple sets of low to medium reps. You shouldn't be afraid in order to Roma some real weight and go with sets of 4. These do best following much movement like deadlifts.Whether it is a basketball pick, or football or another sport pick, you must be conservative. Functions as your own game of Football is a national regular activity. Football betting is heavily based on various elements.{But, let's clear one thing up.protein is merely food in liquid come to be.

    https://chelseabluearmy.com/index.php/2021/04/28/ngolo-kante-va-thong-ke-cuc-khung-trong-tran-dau-voi-real-madrid/

    May 10, 2021 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Content Marketing Near Me

    Right here is the perfect site for everyone who wishes to understand this topic. You understand so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject that's been discussed for years. Great stuff, just excellent!

    http://tfads.testfunda.com/TFServeAds.aspx?strTFAdVars=4a086196-2c64-4dd1-bff7-aa0c7823a393,TFvar,00319d4f-d81c-4818-81b1-a8413dc614e6,TFvar,GYDH-Y363-YCFJ-DFGH-5R6H,TFvar,http://affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Social Media Marketing Masters

    Very good information. Lucky me I came across your site by chance (stumbleupon). I've saved it for later!

    http://www.ramcapital.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Social Media Marketing Help

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful article. Many thanks for providing this information.

    https://pennstate.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. JebgEncox

    online rx pharmacy http://pharmacylo.com/ canada drugs direct

    May 10, 2021 at 17:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Video Marketing Near Me

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.

    http://www.strictlycars.com/cgi-bin/topchevy/out.cgi?id=rusting&url=http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Internet Marketing Cypress

    http://www.forum-le-nautile.com/redirect1/http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Internet Marketing Events

    http://www.pestfreehome.info/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 20:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Internet Marketing Reviews

    This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks!

    http://gruberwein.at/newsletter/servicecenter/redirect.php?url=http3A2F2Faffordableranking.com&q=Sauvignon:67825495:18

    May 10, 2021 at 21:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. instagram takipçi satın al

    It's an remarkable post in favor of all the online people; they will take benefit from
    it I am sure.

    May 10, 2021 at 22:27 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.