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A day in the life of a young child


Observe the physical activity opportunities in this video of a day in the life of a 4 year old child in Australia.

To assist your observation you may want to ask yourself the following questions while you are watching the video:

  • What are the different settings in which Matt is active?
  • What intensity of activity is Matt participating in in these settings?
  • Is there a mixture of light, moderate and vigorous physical activities?
  • Is Matt participating in physical activity in different locations (i.e. at a park, inside and outside)?
  • Is physical activity used as a form of transport at any time throughout the video (e.g. walking to the shops instead of travelling the car)?
  • What are the roles of the parent/caregiver in providing physical activity opportunities?

Discuss and compare

Now that you have observed an example of the ways in which a 4 year old is active throughout the day in Australia, we would like you to share your experience.

Conversation starter

In the comments section share your response to the following question:

  • How is Matt’s physical activity similar or different to what occurs in a typical day in the life of a child in your country or a child that you know?
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