Active for Life lesson plans

Active for Life is pleased to offer the following resources for educators, caregivers, camp leaders, and after-school program leaders who want to deliver physical literacy instruction to children.

Choose from our ready-made lesson plans. There are different lesson plans for ages 3-5 years, 5-8 years, and 8-12 years. All lesson plans are in PDF format.

Active for Life would like to thank 60 Minute Kids’ Club for sharing with us their instructional and assessment videos.

5 – 8 Years Old


Balance 2.1: Balance ball
Balance 2.2: Balance poses


Dodging 2.1: Snatch the flag


Falling 2.1: Safe landing


Galloping 2.1: Galloping horses


Hopping 2.1: Hopping mazes
Hopping 2.2: Hoop hop
Hopping 2.3: Fruit basket
Hopping 2.4: Hop tag


Jumping 2.1: Island jumping
Jumping 2.2: Jumping square
Jumping 2.3: Obstacle jump
Jumping 2.4: Relay race


Rolling 2.1: Rolling relay


Running 2.1: Fire “safety” tag
Running 2.2: Tent tag
Running 2.3: Crows and cranes
Running 2.4: Red light, green light


Skipping 2.1: Chain tag


Starting-Stopping 2.1: Mirror game


Catching 2.1: Trick catch
Catching 2.2: Hot potato tag
Catching 2.3: Gopher ball
Catching 2.4: Catch and pass

Dribbling Feet

Dribbling Feet 2.1: Small sided soccer
Dribbling Feet 2.2: Numbers game with one goal

Dribbling Hands

Dribbling Hand 2.1: Musical hoops
Dribbling Hand 2.2: Dribble and go


Kicking 2.1: Clean up
Kicking 2.2: Pass and dodge
Kicking 2.3: Numbers game with two goals


Throwing 2.1: Take down
Throwing 2.2: Bowling for 3
Throwing 2.3: Bucket toss golf
Throwing 2.4: Toss through blockers
Throwing 2.5: Overhand throwing 1

Before using the lesson plans above, please read our best practices for creating a positive learning environment and our skills tip sheet for leaders.

If you are building a physical literacy program or curriculum, you also might want to use these extra resources:
Letter to parents regarding physical literacy program


The lesson plans and activities provided on this website are for educational purposes only. Physical activity is not without its risks and the activities provided on this website may result in injury. We disclaim any liability from and in connection with the activities provided on this website.