Children need active play time

This is the first of a series of monthly articles that are being submitted on behalf of the Salmon Arm Early Childhood Development Committee

This is the first of a regular series of monthly articles that are being submitted on behalf of the Salmon Arm Early Childhood Development Committee.

The Salmon ECD Committee is a community based group committed to raising community awareness about the importance of healthy development in the early years.

The committee determined that the strategic focus for the next two years is to raise awareness about the importance of play in early childhood development.

Physically active play is a wise habit to encourage and can result in healthy, active living for life.  Physical fitness is fun and the benefits include building strong muscles and bones, avoiding childhood obesity and boosting self-esteem and confidence.

At the same time, children are also learning very important skills such as eye-hand coordination, role playing, making observations and problem solving, just to name a few.

Some examples of active play indoors and outdoors include:

• Put on some music and dance or move around

• Create an obstacle course and crawl under, climb over, or move around the obstacles

• Go for a walk around your neighborhood

• Roll, throw, catch and kick balls and objects of different sizes

• Go swimming or hiking

• Visit the park or playground.

Be creative.  Explore the possibilities and have fun doing it!

Play today, lead tomorrow.


Just Posted

Canoe Forest Products takes extra break over Christmas to cut costs

Prediction for future of plywood plant looks positive, says general manager

User fees in Sunnybrae, Sorrento and six more water systems going up

Increases attributed to added regulatory requirements for water treatment

Registration underway for Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet at Shuswap’s Larch Hills

Annual cross-country ski race has raised more than $400,000 for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Shuswap Dance Center shows celebrate the season

Junior and senior dancers rehearsing for weekend of performances

Donkey refuge wins big at Shuswap Women Who Wine event

More than $4,000 awarded to Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge for education project

B.C. woman charged in connection to stolen vehicle smash-up in Kamloops

Kersten Ina Peters was arrested in the Fraser Valley on Friday, Dec. 6

Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs earn 4-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver sees two-game win streak snapped

UPDATED: No survivors in Gabriola Island plane crash: RCMP

Coroner confirms multiple fatalities after small plane goes down Tuesday night near Nanaimo

VIDEO: Harbour Air makes history with first electric aircraft test flight

Successful flight marks first of its kind in the world

The Grinch who Stole a Hedge: Security camera captures Chilliwack tree theft

RCMP arrives as person calmly walks away with tree in downtown area

Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to rodents and snakes

92 cases of salmonella across six provinces, including B.C.

Meng Wanzhou wins right to more documents involving arrest at Vancouver airport

Defence lawyers allege the Huawei executive was unlawfully detained, searched and interrogated

Shuswap history in pictures: SPCA bake sale at Cedarvale Mall

SPCA volunteer Frances Jackson helps Delta Franklin (wearing the cowboy hat) as… Continue reading

Most Read