According to a Canadian study in early child care centres, the benefits of adding more active play time into daily routines are more than just physical.
Activities to improve babies’ and young children’s physical literacy are easy to plan, simple to do, and require no special equipment. When early childhood educators (ECEs) and parents include lots of time for physically active play — especially outdoors — in their daily routines, children are healthier, happier, and better behaved.
In this video, researchers, educators, and parents share their opinion on AfL’s Physical Literacy Proof of Concept Study in Child Care Settings. The study group that received physical literacy programming demonstrated a wide range of cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits for children, educators, and parents.
Read the articles on this page to learn more about what the research says about the impact of physical literacy programming in early childhood education, and discover some simple strategies to ensure children get lots of time for active play, every day.
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The model was developed as a framework to help ECEs understand how to incorporate physical literacy into their playrooms and playgrounds.
These spaces offer valuable opportunities for the development of physical literacy and for experimentation.
This is a series webinars (3) presented by Dr. Dawne Clark of the Early Years Physical literacy Research Team. The webinar provides an overview of selected modules from the online Child and Out Brain Development course, and are used with permission from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. Webinar #1: The Core Story Webinar #2: The impact of … Continued
Cognitive, emotional, physical, and social walls need to be constructed
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Our “groundhog maze” brings active learning to life I introduced the activity by reading the storybook Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook. We talked about the legend of Groundhog Day and looked at pictures of real groundhogs. The children learned about groundhog behaviour, such as living in a burrow and hibernating in … Continued
AfL to study physical activity at child care centres
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Ready, Aim, Kick! to the rescue One particularly difficult day, we tried an activity called Ready, Aim, Kick! (see Activity #6) from the APPLE Seeds program. This robust program introduces physical literacy skills in a sequential way within everyday play. Ready, Aim, Kick! involves playing kicking games using targets and a variety of materials, including pylons, … Continued
The childcare centre your child(ren) attends has chosen to be part of a study that will explore the benefits for young children of quality physical literacy programming in childcare centres. What are physical activity and physical literacy? Physical activity is movement that increases heart rate, breathing, and causes a light sweat. Physical literacy is the … Continued
According to the Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines, babies and toddlers should not be restrained in strollers or seats for more than an hour at a time.
In contrast to typical metal or plastic play structures, natural playgrounds are designed to take advantage of landscaping and organic materials.
The model helps early childhood educators incorporate activities that will encourage young children to develop physical literacy.
We’ve been studying how providing early childhood educators with physical literacy training affects the children in their care.
Some schools and early childhood centres are using movement-based instruction to help kids learn better while promoting their development.