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:

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Physical Literacy

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:

Activating parents

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.

Articles for parents and teachers

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Tell other educators about Active for Life

Share this handout with other early years educators and teachers. Introduce them to Active for Life and the world of physical literacy.

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To talk with us directly about our resources or sharing our content, please contact either Lynn Jobe or Liz Smeaton.