The early years are the right time to begin developing physical literacy.
Through active and exploratory 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? These graphics make it easy to understand.
Our physical literacy checklists for ages 0 to 9 years show you which movement skills and activities are appropriate to each age.
You can help to spread the word about physical literacy by putting these images on your blogs, webpages, and social media channels.
Ready to get your kids moving and developing physical literacy? Check out these links:
- Activities for 0 to 3 year old children
- 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)
- APPLE Model for Early Childhood Educators (Active Play and Physical Literacy Everyday)
Want to promote your physical literacy program? Educate parents? Check out our collection of free posters, postcards, graphics, and other media to educate and mobilize parents.
Other organizations that can help
We have collected a list of useful links to more online resources for physical literacy, education, and disabilities.
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- The mental health benefits of free play
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