Kids Play Sets and Physical Activity

Let’s get Physical! Visit KidsPlaysets.com.au

At KidsPlaysets.com.au, we love seeing little one playing outside, in the fresh air, enjoying sunny skies and beautiful rainbows. Oh, we also love helping parents to ensure that their little ones use so much energy playing, that putting them to bed is a simple as saying “nighty night” and watching them drift off after a long days play. Welcome to KidsPlaysets.com.au, Australia’s #1 seller of kids playsets and Australia’s #1 (we think but this is not confirmed) helper of sleep deprived parents, whose child wake up all night because they have way too much energy.  

Physical activity is critical for your child development. While nearly everybody agrees with that statement, so often, kid are spending most of their days, inside with devices that thoroughly work out their thumbs but no much else. We want to encourage all family to “play” and we have Australia’s largest range of kids playsets to help you get there. From pretend playsets, to trampolines, to water play, to sandpits, to cubby houses and play kitchens, we have you covered.  

We wanted to spend a little time sharing why physical play is so important for the healthy development of your little one. Most parents “get it” already but understanding the science behind physical play may just be the motivator you need to get your little one playing outdoors that little bit more.  

So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of why physical activity is so important to your child development. Oh, we wanted to clarify that the proceeding information is taken diretly from the Australia Government website, highlighting the need and level of physical activity children need at each stage of development. At KidsPlaysets.com.au, we think this is the best summary of how parents can help their kids to grow into healthy little (and big) people. You can read below but we are also providing the link at the bottom of the page in case you want to review the information directly from the Australian Government website.  

What are the benefits of physical activity for children? 

  • Healthy growth and development including being a healthy weight and reducing the risk of disease like diabetes or cancer later in life 
  • Building strong hearts, muscles and bones 
  • Learning fundamental movement skills 
  • Improved movement, balance, coordination and reaction time 
  • Increased mental wellbeing 
  • Improved social skills, self-esteem and confidence 

Ok, well that all makes sense but HOW MUCH physical activity am I supposed to give my child as they grow and develop. At KidsPlaysets.com.au, we are not scientists so again, we are taking this great extract from the  

Babies under 1 year of age  

  • Physical activity - should be active several times a day in a variety of ways. For those not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes of tummy time, spread throughout the day. 
  • Sedentary behaviour – should not be restrained (eg strollers, car seats, high chairs) for more than one hour at a time. Screen time is not recommended. 
  • Sleep – 14-17 hours (for those aged 0-3 months), and 12-16 hours (for those aged 4-11 months) of good quality sleep, including naps

Toddlers (1 to 2 years old)  

  • Physical activity – at least 180 minutes spent in a variety of physical activities, spread throughout the day. 
  • Sedentary behaviour – not being restrained (eg strollers, car seats, high chairs) for more than one hour at a time. For those younger than 2, screen time is not recommended. For those aged 2 years, screen time should be no more that 1 hour. 
  • Sleep – 11 – 14 hours of good quality sleep, including naps. 

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years old)  

  • Physical activity - accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day involving mainly aerobic activities; include several hours of a variety of light physical activities each day; activities that are vigorous, as well as those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least 3 days per week. 
  • Sedentary behaviour - limit sedentary recreational screen time to no more than two hours a day; break up long periods of sitting as often as possible. 
  • Sleep - 10 to 13 hours of good quality sleep, which may include a nap, with consistent sleep and wake‑up times. 

Children/Young People (5 to 17 years old)  

  • Physical activity - accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day involving mainly aerobic activities; include several hours of a variety of light physical activities each day; activities that are vigorous, as well as those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least 3 days per week. 
  • Sedentary behaviour - limit sedentary recreational screen time to no more than two hours a day; break up long periods of sitting as often as possible. 
  • Sleep - an uninterrupted 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night for those aged 5–13 years and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14–17 years. 

Below is the link to the Australian Government website on physical activity for kids through their stages of development. We have taken this information verbatim to help you understand the important role that physical activity plays in your child life.  

https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/healthy-living/kids-play-active-play/active-play/benefits-physical-activity 

So now you understand the need, come visit us and we can provide you with the tools (literally) to ensure that your child has some great playsets to keep them interested, excited but most importantly, physical. Australia’s #1 Kids Playset retailer. Welcome to KidsPlaysets.com.au. We sell smiles for everyone. Come join us.  

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