November 2021 Newsletter – Opportunities for Active Play: Active Play with Staff Members

Active Play with Staff Members

According to the authors of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition, regular physical activity can help adults reduce the risk of many ailments, manage weight, reduce stress, get better sleep, and simply feel better overall.

Teachers working with young children in early learning environments tend to be more active than people working in other fields, due to the need to keep up with the children in their care. Even with the possibility of higher levels of activity, there could also be extended periods of inactivity in early learning environments so it is important to look for opportunities to encourage employees to increase their physical activity.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Take a walk with staff. Have a meeting scheduled with a staff member? Consider taking the meeting outside. Walk around the building a few times while you discuss the meeting topic or brainstorm ideas for your next event.
  • Stretch prior to meetings. Spend a few minutes at the beginning of staff meetings doing a few slow, simple stretches. This gives staff a chance to release some of the tension of the day and refocus on the meeting topics.
  • Host step competitions. Hold a series of friendly competitions to see who can get the most steps in a day. The recommended number of steps for adults is 10,000 per day. Provide staff with inexpensive step counters (pedometers) to help them track their activity. Award prizes for accomplishments for each day, week, and month.
  • Dance breaks. Find opportunities within your day to move your body in a joyful way. Encourage teachers, children, and families to join in the fun.
  • Include physical activities into professional development days. Long days of sitting and listening to presenters can be broken up with planned 10-minute periods of physical activity. These team-building and self-care activities will help participants return their attention to the important information being shared.


For the main article Opportunities for Active Play, CLICK HERE

For the article Types of Active Play, CLICK HERE

For the article Active Play Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers, CLICK HERE

For the article Active Play Ideas for School-Age Children, CLICK HERE