(School of Physical Education and Sport Science，Changsha Normal University，Changsha 410100，China)
Abstract: Based on the definition methods of “defined item = species difference + adjacent genus”, this paper examines the concept of young children’s physical education from the dual perspectives of sports science and preschool pedagogy. The study are drawn: (1) It is improper to apply the comprehensive education concept of preschool education to young children’s physical education, and then deny the rationality of it, because young children’s physical education is not the inferior concept of preschool education. From the perspective of national sports and lifelong sports, young children’s physical education is indispensable and has become a idiom, so that a terminology is more appropriate. (2) From the perspective of broad sense, sports can be divided into infant’s sports, young children’s sports, youth’s sports, and so on according to age, so young children's physical education is adjacent to the broad sense of sports, which includes kindergarten sports and outside kindergarten sports. (3) Compared with other age groups’ sports, young children’ physical education has some characteristics, including the following species difference "it is engaged by children aged 3-6 years", "it takes fundamental motor skills as the main content", "it takes games as the basic way", and "it aims to promote the harmonious development of the whole body and mind".
Keywords: young children’ physical education；fundamental movement skills；games；harmonious development of the whole body and mind