The early years are the right time to begin developing physical literacy. Through active exploratory play, children begin to develop the essential motor skills for lifelong physical activity and health. Early years educators can follow the links below to find resources for developing physical literacy.
What exactly is physical literacy? These graphics make it easy to understand.
Get kids moving and developing physical literacy with these resources:
- 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)
Teach parents about physical literacy and promote your physical literacy programs using these resources:
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Help your parent community to get their family more active, more often by inviting them to:
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Stay current with the latest research in child development and early years physical literacy with these articles and resources:
- Proof of Concept Study: Physical Literacy in the Early Years
- ECE articles and webinars on brain development, early physical literacy, and more.
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Get more resources
See these links to more online resources for physical literacy, education, and disabilities.
Tell other educators about Active for Life
Introduce other educators to Active for Life and physical literacy by sharing this early years handout.