Educators, caregivers, camp leaders, and after-school program leaders who are looking for additional resources may want to consult the following web sites and external links. These websites and organizations also provide excellent activities, lesson plans, and guidance on delivering physical literacy to children.
Fit Kids Healthy Kids
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The Fit Kids Healthy Kids web resource provides an extensive list of fun, non-competitive and inclusive games that develop fundamental movement skills. The games and activities are easy to search, and the instructions are clear and concise. In addition, short videos illustrate how each game is played. Fit Kids Healthy Kids is an excellent resource for developing physical literacy through low-organized games, stationed play, dance, modified sport, and free play.
60 Minute Kids’ Club FMS videos
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Wondering how to teach and assess fundamental movement skills (FMS) with kids? The 60 Minute Kids’ Club (60MKC), together with the generous support of TELUS and collaboration with Active for Life, have created a series of short, simple videos that clearly show the mechanics of a select number of FMS. Each video is linked to PDF documents that explain each FMS further and provide games and activities for developing the FMS. The videos are part of 60MKC’s larger Assess Me / Show Me / Teach Me / Activate Me program that is especially designed for educators’ easy use. Schools and educators will also want to check out the free 60MKC school program that helps kids and families to get physically active and developing their skills.
A Hop, Skip, and a Jump: Enhancing Physical Literacy
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This document is a collection of activities developed at Mount Royal University to promote the development of physical literacy in preschool children. It describes structured physical activities that can be delivered with basic equipment and spaces that most early childhood centres possess. The activities focus on building basic gross motor skills that are important in early childhood development.
Get hard copies by ordering them from the Mount Royal University bookstore at http://bookstore.mtroyal.ca/.
Have a Ball Together early childhood resource
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Have a Ball Together is a web site for early childhood educators and parents who want to give children the right start in physical activity. Produced through Health Nexus’ Best Start initiative, the web site features a long list of age-appropriate physical activities and games for children ages 0-6 years. It also has fact sheets on children and physical activity, and tips and ideas for getting children active.
I Move We Move preschool activity guide
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The I Move We Move physical activity resource has been developed with early childhood and infant movement specialists to get preschoolers moving and developing fundamental movement skills. This resource helps early childhood professionals to create fun, developmentally-appropriate, active play experiences for the children in their care.
Move 2 Learn Program
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Move 2 Learn (M2L) is a program created by McMaster University’s Infant and Child Health Lab (INCH) to develop movement and pre-literacy skills of young children through direct movement skill instruction, unstructured exploratory free-play, and interactive storybook reading. The program emphasizes parent involvement in order to build their capacity to support their child’s overall social, psychological, and cognitive development at home. To learn more, please contact Chloe Bedard at firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily Bremer at email@example.com
CSEP 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth
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The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has produced the world’s first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (5-17 years). The guidelines make evidence-based recommendations for balancing amounts of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep each day, emphasizing how children and youth need to “Sweat, Step, Sleep and Sit” through each 24-hour period.
Coaching Association of Canada “Get Coaching” online tutorials
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Are you coaching with a community sport association, or thinking to start? These free online tutorials from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) present tips, tools, and downloadable coaching resources to help you. Content includes how to prepare, plan, deliver, and conclude effective practices. Whether you are a first timer, or you have been coaching for a few years, you will find these tutorials informative and easy to use.
Coaching Association of Canada Fundamental Movement Skills workshops
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Not sure how to instruct a child to improve their running form, or how to improve their throwing? These workshops will teach you, in detail, how to instruct, observe, and correct fundamental movement skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, jumping, and running. Each workshop provides participants with plenty of opportunity to practise teaching these skills. There are separate workshops designed for coaches, school teachers, recreation leaders, and parents.
PISE Maximum Engagement in Games and Activities (MEGA)
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This document from the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) has dozens of group activities and games that promote physical literacy.
I CAN Develop Physical Literacy – autism resource
Developed by the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) and the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), this resource document is intended for anyone working with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continuum, and especially teachers, coaches, and leaders who want to run inclusive physical literacy programs. It presents a brief introduction to ASD, followed by support strategies, behaviour support tools, lesson plans, and tips for modifying activities to create optimal challenge for the participants. The lesson plans are designed for children ages 4-11 years, but the support tools are relevant to any age group.
Canucks Autism Network – Tip sheets for parents and coaches
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The Canucks Autism Network (CAN), in collaboration with viaSport, has developed 10 tip sheets for coaches and community recreation staff to reference when supporting athletes with autism in a sports and recreation or community setting. These tip sheets are invaluable to any sport coaches, administrators, and parents who are working to involve children with autism in sport and recreation programming.
Sport for Life (S4L)
Sport for Life (S4L) has created the Physical Literacy Assessment Youth (PLAY) tools to help coaches, educators, and parents to assess the fundamental movement skills (FMS) and overall physical literacy of children. Sport for Life (S4L) has prepared this Physical Literacy movement preparation site as a multi-purpose warm-up for sport and activity. It describes and illustrates exercises that are also designed to improve children’s movement mechanics so they have reduced risk of injury during activity. S4L has also prepared this simple booklet as an overview of physical literacy.
Creating a Quality Physical Literacy Experience
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Developed by Sport for Life and Dr. Dean Kriellaars, this series of short videos shows educators, coaches, and activity leaders how to create quality physical literacy programming for children. Each video explains a key component of physical literacy and how to address it in a program setting. Supplementary information and resources are provided after each video.
Inclusive physical literacy resources
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The inclusive physical literacy web portal presents a list of different adapted physical literacy programs and resources across Canada. As organizations and agencies work to promote physical literacy for all Canadians, these resources can provide guidance on creating programs that are inclusive of all abilities. There is also a link to a 2-hour webinar discussion of inclusive physical literacy.
Who’s who in the physical literacy sector
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This page archives webinars conducted by Drew Mitchell, looking at the sector of physical literacy in Canada.
Count Me In
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The Count Me In planning worksheet helps coaches, kids, and parents to communicate the needs of children with processing, sensory, and attention challenges. By completing and sharing the worksheet, parents and coaches can ensure that all kids are successfully included in sport and activity programs. There is also a coaches’ planning checklist to make sure that coaches and programs are ready to support kids with “invisible disabilities.” Ideally, the worksheet will be completed one week prior to starting a program.
Playing to Learn in the Early Years
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This webinar was delivered by Professor Dawne Clark of Mount Royal University in 2017 and explains the theory and practice of promoting learning through active play in early years education. These slides provide a succinct overview of the major points of the webinar. You can also listen to the webinar recording online.
LEAP BC Hop resource
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The Hop Family Resource presents 50 play activities to help children ages 3–5 years to develop physical movement, verbal activities, early literacy, and healthy eating. Each activity describes the benefits for the child, as well as directions that include necessary equipment, location, safety tips, and notes on additional resources.
Run Jump Throw Wheel physical literacy program
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The Run Jump Throw Wheel is a program for children 6-12 years that teaches fundamental movement skills and develops physical literacy using track and field activities and games. Developed by Athletics Canada, the program is delivered by different partners in a variety of formats throughout Canada. Whether you are already running a sport program for children or looking to start something new, Athletics Canada can help you with instructor training, equipment, tools, and templates to deliver the Run Jump Throw Wheel program.
Canadian Paralympic FUNdamentals physical literacy resource
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The Canadian Paralympic Committee has developed an excellent suite of free teaching resources to help teachers introduce children in grades 2-6 to the fundamentals of four different parasports. In addition to the teaching plans and activity outlines, there is also an online course for teachers to familiarize themselves with principles and tips for building inclusion in the classroom. Users are required to create an online account and register to access the resources, but registration is completely free.
Let’s Play activities for children with mobility impairments
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Let’s Play provides basic tools for teachers and rec programmers to deliver inclusive physical activity programs for kids with physical disabilities and mobility impairments. The Let’s Play activities page provides a long list of fun physical activities and games. Each activity description outlines the setup, rules, objectives, equipment, time required, and number of participants. Let’s Play also provides hints and suggestions for making activities more inclusive on their Modifications and Adaptations page.
Parent/Coach coaching handbook
Are you coaching children at the community level? This practical and excellent handbook provides tips and tools to help you understand your role as a coach, create a safe and positive environment, promote positive values, and plan and manage practices and games.
Passport for Life by PHE Canada
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Passport for Life is a tool for teachers to assess and monitor the ongoing development of their students’ physical literacy. It includes a web-based application to record and track student assessment data, as well as teacher resources to help students to improve their physical literacy based on their assessments.
Move to Learn classroom physical activities
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Move to Learn is a suite of web-based resources designed to help teachers to get kids active in the classroom. It includes over 1,240 lesson plans in physical activity and nutrition, short exercise videos for the classroom, and tips and strategies from other teachers.
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PE Scholar is a resource site for physical educators that offers everything from lesson plans for individual skills to multi-week curricula in different sports and activities. The site also includes a video section where you can watch and share videos covering a wide range of topics relating to PE teaching, exercise, and wellness. The site home page is the best place to start.
Sport New Zealand
Sport New Zealand provides free downloads of their Developing Fundamental Movement Skills booklets for children ages 5-12 years. The booklets feature dozens of simple games and activities to help children develop movement skills such as running, jumping, throwing, hopping, skipping, and more. Each booklet also includes information for teachers to understand the movements so they can teach the key elements of body mechanics.
PlaySport by OPHEA
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PlaySport activities are designed to teach kids skills through game play. You can search activities based on the equipment you have, the skills you want to teach, the complexity of the game, or the space you have available.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Dance and Recreation (AAHPERD)
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AAHPERD promotes research and provides resources for health and physical education, dance and sport. This one-page Life Chart describes five “standards” that children should reach in developing physical literacy.
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PE Central provides over 2200 activity lessons arranged in categories for Preschool, K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8. There is also a section with information on adapted activities for children with disabilities. Start with their index of lesson plans.
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PE Universe is a website designed specifically for physical educators to share activity ideas and videos. It also provides discussion forums where educators can ask questions and find solutions to issues in teaching. Start exploring at the site home page.
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ParticipACTION is your go-to source for information on physical activity, sport participation and sedentary behaviour. The benefits and guidelines section outlines the amount and type of physical activity needed at every age and stage of life – and the annual ParticipACTION Report Card provides the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.
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High Five is a training program and certification standard for recreation leaders in Canada. High Five’s mission is to promote quality recreation programming and positive experiences for children.
The lesson plans and activities provided on this website are for educational purposes only. Physical activity is not without its risks and the activities provided on this website may result in injury. We disclaim any liability from and in connection with the activities provided on this website.