In many communities, you can sign your preschooler up for sports at your local YMCA, a Parks and Recreation program, or in city leagues. Fun sports at this age include soccer, T ball, swimming, tennis, golf, and gymnastics.
While having time to just 'play' with their friends is also very important, being in an organized sport with set practice and game times can help ensure that your child stays fit and active.
Remember that sports at this age is not about competition, and most leagues don't even keep score. It is about having fun, being physically active, learning the basics of sports, and building coordination and motor skills.
Not all 3 to 5 year olds are ready for team sports though. If your child isn't, then stick with an individual sport, like swimming, gymnastics, or skating.
While an early start in most sports is good, don't let your child focus on the competitive nature of these sports and don't encourage him to 'specialize' in a single sport at too early an age.
These tips were submitted by Vincent Iannelli, MD from Dallas, Texas.