Experts in child development, education, and sport agree that kids need to develop physical literacy to lead physically active lives. Regular physical activity is connected to better health, positive self-image, better school grades, and improved social well-being in general.
How can you help your infant, toddler, preschool, or school-aged child to develop physical literacy? Here are four checklists to help you target the basic skills that your child should be mastering at each age, with suggestions on how to get moving.
These checklists are not exhaustive, but they provide a solid start. As you review them, keep in mind that if your child does not display some of these skills, it doesn’t mean it’s too late. You may simply need to help them to get active in a variety of settings where they can develop these skills.