The elementary school years are an important time for developing physical literacy. Through fun games and active play, children develop the movement skills and confidence to build the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity and health. They also become better learners!
Following the links below, teachers can find a wide variety of teaching resources and information to help children develop physical literacy in the elementary 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
- Blog: How to involve parents in the physical literacy conversation
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
- The mental health benefits of free play
- 10 creative ways to develop physical literacy that don’t involve playing sports
- Why teaching kids how to move has become essential
- 10 ways raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader
- Active play experiences help young children develop physical literacy
- Parent myths, and real truths about physical literacy
- 15 signs that your child is physically literate
- You won’t believe what this teacher assigned for homework
- Visit a school where PE is about skills, and sports include everyone
- Relative age and developmental age: Is your child getting shortchanged?
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