Kids and teenagers
Every day is an adventure so get out there and get active!
Think of getting active as an opportunity to enjoy yourself. It’s best to get active for 60 minutes or more every day. This is easier than it sounds as you can spread out 60 minutes over the whole day. It is really good if some activity makes you huff and puff a bit!
Check out these resources, programs and facilities:
- FairPlay vouchers support regular participation in physical activity, by reducing the cost for children and young people from low income families.
Early childhood programs
The Queensland Government is committed to giving babies and young children an active start.
Our early years are a crucial time to establish a healthy approach to physical activity. If young children are engaged in enjoyable physical activity at an early age, they are more likely to become active teenagers and adults.
Unfortunately, there is growing concern that young children are becoming less active. Basic motor skills like throwing, catching, hitting and kicking are rarely happening in children's play.
Anyone caring for children (parents, carers, child care professionals) has an important role in nurturing their growth and development. Physical activity is a great way to do this. The following resources will give you ideas on how to include activity into a child's day.
Physical activity is not only enjoyable for babies and young children, it also helps them become stronger and healthier as they grow. The benefits of physical activity for babies and young children include:
- learning fundamental physical skills - walking, climbing, balancing and catching;
- improved general health - healthy growth and development of bones, muscles and cardio- respiratory systems;
- improved emotional wellbeing - increased confidence and happiness;
- improved mental health - better concentration and ability to manage anxiety and stress; and
- enhanced social skills - development of friendships and skills such as cooperation and teamwork.
Move Baby Move
Move Baby Move (PDF, 3.2MB) is a booklet designed to help parents and early childhood carers incorporate safe, active movement into their baby's daily routines.
Daily physical activity will promote your baby's normal growth and development and set the scene for physical activity as toddlers and preschoolers.
Move Baby Move identifies the kinds of activities that are suitable for babies of different ages and gives parents suggestions about how they can support their baby's physical development in an enjoyable and safe manner.
It also looks at what foods your baby should be eating, suitable types of toys and how to keep your baby safe.
Active Alphabet is a resource designed especially for parents, carers and their toddlers to use together to learn basic active movement skills while also learning important health messages.
Active Alphabet consists of two booklets - one for parents and carers; and one for toddlers.
Active Alphabet for parents (PDF, 3.3MB) is a book packed full of helpful hints and information about having active fun with your toddler. It gives you information about how your toddler moves, ideas for games and active things you can do together, recipes, songs, poems and places to go for further information.
Although the information is tailored to toddlers aged from 15 months to three years, the activities and games can be enjoyed by children (and adults) of all ages.
There is no need to read the book from cover to cover in one go. Just dip in and see what you find. The information is organised alphabetically and you can use the list of contents to find different topics. Don't forget to use your own judgement and tailor the ideas to suit you, your child and your own situation. And remember to join in, even if it feels silly doing it!
Active Alphabet for toddlers (PDF, 2.2MB) is an ABC book especially for your toddler. This is a fun book about moving and grooving and will be loads of fun for both you and your toddler. Not only will she love you to sit and read it to her, but she will have fun exploring the pictures on her own.
If your toddler is very young, he may like to just look at a few of the pages and you can talk about the pictures with him and try a few of the fun movements. When your toddler is older, she may enjoy reading the book all the way through and moving and grooving on her own.
The book uses some simple words and some more challenging words. It has animals that you know very well and some that are a little unusual. And starring in the book are a group of very active toddlers and two fun toddler characters, Max and Jo.
Let's Get Moving
Let's Get Moving (PDF, 11MB) is a resource designed to help preschool children learn basic movement skills and how to get active while their parents, carers or teachers learn about the importance of movement in early childhood. The early years are a crucial time for skill development and for establishing positive attitudes toward physical activity, leading to participation in sport and other recreational pursuits during the school age years.
Let's Get Moving includes fun activities that incorporate movement skills such as crawling, kicking and jumping with various movement concepts, to get both children and adults physically active.
Why not try something fun and different? 60 minutes is all you need each day.
There’s nothing cool about being unhealthy. Teenagers who are active are often healthier and happier because they can meet new friends, do better at school, university or work, and believe in themselves and be more confident.
You don't have to do one hour of activity all in one go. You can build up over the day. For example, 10 minutes walking to school, 20 minutes basketball at lunchtime, 10 minutes walking home from school and 20 minutes dancing around your room to your favourite music! Every little bit counts, but try to include some activity that is non-stop for 10 to 15 minutes - this would really help your heart health.
Physical activity helps your body grow, can help prevent you from getting hurt when you play sport and can help you to lead a longer, more enjoyable life.
As well as being active you should get a good night's sleep, (about eight to 10 hours if you can), eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and drink lots of water. Most importantly, enjoy what you do and have fun!
You can check out sport, recreation and leisure for young people for more information.
Join a club
Joining a sport or active recreation club is a great way for kids and teenagers to get fit and healthy while having fun and making new friends.
For information about finding a club in your local area visit the Joining a sport and recreation club page.
Queensland Recreation Centres
The Queensland Recreation Centres have fun activities for kids and teens. Located on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, you can came along to:
- Coast Club our school holiday activities program – try out different adventure activities, from caving to surfing or the giant swing.
- Go rock climbing – our rock walls are over 9.5 metres high with varying climbs from beginner to advanced.
- Stay with us – come for an affordable family holiday on weekends and school holidays.