Activities and Tools


Rainy Day Physical Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers (May 2012)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Provides the benefits of physical activity for young children and a list of indoor activity ideas for toddlers.

Rainy Day Physical Activity Ideas (PDF | 200 KB)

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Child care providers can use these ideas to help children in their care to be physically active indoors. From the Caregivers Promoting Health Habits program.

Motion Moments Videos

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.

Free online videos that show simple ways to weave physical activity into early care and education programs in either a child care center or family child care home. Includes three videos, one each for infant movement, toddler movement, and preschooler movement.

Get Moving Today Activity Calendar (2012) (PDF | 6.21 MB)

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Twelve month calendar gives a movement activity suggestion for each day of the year.

Go Smart Activities

National Head Start Association.

Go Smart offers accessible resources and activities for incorporating physical activity into the everyday play of young children. Activities can be accessed online and also through an interactive mobile web app.

Healthy Children, Healthy Weights Ring of Fun Activity Cards (May 2014)

Columbus Public Health.

Fun, creative, easy to implement ideas for physical activities, nutritious snacks, and parent engagement! Four sets of cards are available, each targeting a different age group.


MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children (2007) (PDF | 1.70 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education.

Intended as a teacher resource in the early childhood classroom, the kit of lessons on nutrition and physical activity is most appropriate for use with children ages three to five.

Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual (2011) (PDF | 25.70 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education.

Eight child care lessons that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity.

Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings

New York State Department of Health.

This curriculum is intended for use by individuals with a background in nutrition education. Each module was designed for three- and four-year-olds and their parents.

Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy (January 2012)

North Carolina Cooperative Extension; North Carolina Division of Public Health.

Healthy eating and exercise program for four and five year-olds in the preschool classroom. Recipes, songs, and parent newsletters (in English and Spanish) can be viewed online. A teachers guide, posters, picture cards, and more can be ordered from the developer.

No- to Low-Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting (April 2013) (PDF | 8.51 MB)

Team Nutrition Iowa.

This card set provides fun and interactive physical activities for young children that can be done without costly equipment.

Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs (2012) (PDF | 7.3 MB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested books to incorporate into lessons in the early childhood setting.