Physical literacy is the ability and confidence to move and participate in physical activity in a variety of environments. It is an important part of a child’s development that can be overlooked due to their young age. It is never too early to start age-appropriate physical activity movements that can strengthen a child’s ability to be active.
By giving a child an active start, you are setting them up for success in healthy behaviors that they can pursue over a lifetime. Participating in sports and physical activity in the future will be easier for a child who has had an opportunity to learn and practice fundamental movement skills. These skills include running, jumping, hoping, throwing, skipping, dodging, log rolling, dribbling, stork standing, catching, and striking.
Here are some simple ways to encourage physical literacy for your little one(s) that you can try out in your own home. Remember with each activity to keep the focus on fun and the rewards will come naturally for both you and your child.
1. Bathtub Swimmer
Age: 1 -3 years old
Benefits: gross motor skills, leg coordination, strength
2. Toddler Obstacle Course
Age: 2 – 5 years old
Benefits: agility, balance, coordination
3. Snow Play: Tricky Tracks
Age : 2 – 5 years old
Benefits: gross motor skills, agility, coordination
Tracks in the Snow First Snow
By: Wong Herbert Yee By : Marie Louise Allen
Tracks in the snow Snow makes whiteness where it falls.
Tracks in the snow The bushes look like popcorn-balls.
Who made the tracks? The places where I always play
Where did they go? Look like somewhere else today
- Jessica, Kinder Kollege (SK)
The children are asking to do physical activity rather than educators telling them to!