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APPLE Model helps early childhood educators incorporate physical literacy

Early childhood educators (or ECEs) are not phys-ed teachers; most don’t have the knowledge or the background to “teach” physical skills. But young children learn through play, especially active play, and that’s something ECEs understand well. Their role is to create many opportunities for children to explore fundamental movement skills in stimulating environments indoors and out. Physical … Continued

Skateboarding: Not just for teens

“I gotta keep practicing, look at this one, this’ll be it!” We were at our town’s new skatepark for the fifth straight day, and I was watching my 11-year old transform from shaky to confident as he crouched, balanced, and popped his board into the air before landing firmly back down, in what he assured … Continued

Fight for your right to play

When my three kids were small, we lived next to an urban park that included a playground, a soccer field, a baseball diamond, a basketball net, and an asphalt street hockey court. We played there almost every day for a decade as I organized impromptu three-on-three half-court basketball encounters, small-sided soccer matches, and scrub baseball … Continued

Active for Life podcast: How to support your child athlete

Kids develop physical literacy in a lot of different ways, and one way is through organized sports. However, sports don’t always provide the positive experience that we might hope for our children—and sometimes, it’s the adults who are the problem. In this podcast, Active for Life editor-in-chief Richard Monette chats with John O’Sullivan, founder of … Continued

How to use a fortune teller

Do you ever come across those nostalgic online quizzes that ask, “How many toys from the ’90s (or ’80s, ’70s, etc.) can you identify?” Bop It. Skip-It. Magic Mitt. Moon Boots. Each of these toys, whether you owned one or played with your neighbour’s, brings back memories of active backyard fun. Though the chances of … Continued