Preschoolers should be spending much of their day at play – with you, with other children and alone. By playing, they are learning and growing. Learn more about why play is important for preschoolers.

• Keep your preschooler active at least 3 hours of the day. Get them jumping, skipping, climbing and running as much as possible. Learn more about why physical activity is important.
• Let your child be messy, creative and silly.
• Encourage your child to play with other children. Help them practice sharing and taking turns.
Learn more about different types of play.
Try these activities in the Healthy Opportunities for Preschoolers family resource. They’ll help your child’s development while they’re having fun.

It’s normal for preschoolers to not want to play sometimes. But if your child doesn’t ever seem interested in playing with other children or in playing pretend games, you should speak to your health care provider.

Screen Time for Preschoolers

It can be tempting to use screen time to keep your preschooler occupied and out of trouble. While they’re playing with a tablet or watching TV, you may finally have few minutes to get things done, but it’s important to set limits. Your preschooler should not be spending more than 2 hours in front of a screen. Learn more about screen time.