The early years are the right time to begin developing physical literacy.
Through fun games and active play, children develop the essential motor skills that form the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity and health. Through regular physical activity, they also become better learners.
Following the links below, educators can find a wide variety of teaching resources and information to help children develop physical literacy in the early years.
Here are some top picks:
What exactly is physical literacy? This graphic makes it easy to understand.
Look at our physical literacy checklists for ages 0 to 9.
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Activities and lesson plans
Ready to get your kids moving and developing physical literacy? Check out these links:
- Activities for kids and parents (1-12 years)
- Lesson plans (3-12 years)
- Lesson plan units (3-12 years)
- Interactive lesson plan builder (3-12 years)
Want to promote your physical literacy program? Educate parents? These links will help you:
- Posters, postcards, graphics, media, recipe for an active day and fortune tellers to educate and mobilize parents
- Weekly physical activity log for families
Other organizations that can help
- Links to more online resources for physical literacy, education, and disabilities
Articles for parents and teachers
Do you need content for your newsletter or web site? You are welcome to reprint our stories if you follow our guidelines. We have over 1,000 articles to choose from. A few favorites:
- Executive function is the key to success in school
- Why teaching kids how to move has become essential
- Active play experiences help young children develop physical literacy
- Protecting playtime in preschool
- The mental health benefits of free play
- Children with poor physical literacy struggle as adults
- Early childhood centres: Making physical literacy the norm
- For early years educators: Physical literacy can be easy
- Program innovation: Physical literacy for early childhood
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