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Active play includes any activity that involves moderate to vigorous bursts of high energy – that is, anything that can make someone “huff” and “puff”.

A mum and her two children get active and play in the sun.

The National Physical Activity Recommendations for children are that toddlers (1 to 3 years) and preschoolers (3 to 5 years) should be physically active everyday for at least 3 hours, spread throughout the day.

Here are some activity examples for parents and carers for activities in indoor and outdoor settings:



  • Making an obstacle course
  • Dancing to action songs
  • Musical chairs
  • Acting out a story
  • Throwing a soft ball into a bucket and varying the distance
  • Catching games
  • Blowing bubbles and trying to catch them before they pop
  • Making an outdoor obstacle course
  • Potato sack races
  • Follow the leader games

For more information and resources on active play, click here.