"A new study of how preschoolers spend their days may make you want to run around screaming, which is apparently more than the tykes themselves get to do. After interviewing child-care providers from 34 very different Cincinnati-area centers—urban to suburban, Head Start to high income—researchers found that kids spend an average of only 2% to 3% of their day in "vigorous activities."
Can you imagine that? Children spending 97% of their day not running around? It's like a desk job, except with cookie time. Excuse me—apple time. When you consider that three-quarters of American kids aged 3 to 5 are in some kind of preschool program and a lot of them come home only to eat, sleep and go back again, this is beyond sad—it's bad."
Yikes!! The idea of our children's daily routine being compared to a desk job is very vivid and unsettling. Kids need to have the time to be free, active and physical every day so that they can grow up with activity being a staple in their lives.
At Tippi Toes one of our main goals is to present activity and exercise in a fun, exciting, positive manner. We want children to leave class and go home wanting to play "dance class" at home which of course leads to even more activity.
Let's keep our kids moving so they can live long, healthy, happy lives!