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Physical Health & Growth

Your child is becoming more confident and adventurous in their physical abilities.


They're learning new sports, mastering the playground and even taking on new challenges like bike riding or swimming. It's a time of rapid physical development, where healthy habits and safe exploration go hand in hand.

Your School-Ager (Ages 6-10)

It’s important for kids to develop a balanced lifestyle that includes physical activity, healthy eating habits and personal hygiene. Encouraging your child to explore interests in different sports, understand the importance of nutrition and take responsibility for their own hygiene can lay the groundwork for healthy habits that last a lifetime.

  • Healthy Choices, Healthy Life

    Your child is becoming more capable of making decisions about their health, from selecting their own foods to understanding the need for regular physical activity. They’re learning about the impact of these choices on their overall well-being.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    A supportive learning environment promotes healthy living through education and practice. Look for healthy snack options, opportunities for physical exercise and discussions about nutrition.

  • Understanding My Body

    Questions like "Why does my heart beat faster when I run?" or "Why are vegetables good for me?" are likely to arise at this age. Kids should be gaining a deeper understanding of bodily functions and the importance of taking care of their health.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Look for program content that addresses the importance of exercise, basic anatomy or how different activities affect the body. Are kids encouraged to participate in different physical activities that help them explore their own capabilities?

  • Building Skills and Confidence

    Whether it's practicing a new sport, learning to ride a bike or participating in dance, your child is developing coordination, strength and confidence in their own physical abilities.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program have different physical activities that cater to different interests and skill levels? Look for opportunities for kids to engage in both structured and free play that challenge them and allow them to develop their skills.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!

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From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions, please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Family Fitness Challenge

    Create a family fitness challenge where each member can contribute ideas for different physical activities, from jumping jacks and sit-ups to obstacle courses or dance competitions. Track your progress and celebrate achievements together. This can encourage healthy physical activity, friendly competition and family bonding

  • Healthy Recipes

    Prepare a healthy meal in the kitchen with your child. Work together to find a simple, healthy recipe that appeals to children, like vegetarian pizzas or fruit smoothies. Together, gather the ingredients and prepare the dish while discussing the benefits of healthy snacks. This activity teaches about healthy eating, meal preparation and basic cooking skills.

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