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Fitting Fitness into the Curriculum

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Experts and advocates recommend at least 1 to 2 hours a day of physical activity for children. But how do you fit it into your daily program, when there’s

 so much else for you to do? And what kind of physical activity should it be? Tune in; our experts have the answers.






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To Learn More


  • For information and resources related to developmentally appropriate fitness for young children, go to the website of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education: www.naspeinfo.org.





To Play


Blob Tag


Tag is a great game for promoting physical fitness – but not if it involves elimination! A simple modification to an old game keeps all of the children participating and active.


How to Play: Choose one child to be “It.” Everybody tagged also becomes It. The result is a cluster of children that keeps growing until there’s just one big “blob” running around together. The last person tagged is the first person to be It in the next round.


Another Way to Play: For a more challenging version, have tagged players hold hands with It and all others tagged.



You can hear more activity suggestions in the segment! Click here to listen!

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Rae Pica has been an education consultant specializing in the development and education of the whole child, children's physical activity, and active learning since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music and, most recently, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, Nike, and state health departments throughout the country. She is a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and is co-founder of BAM Radio Network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more on teaching with students at the center.

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