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Physical Literacy For Children

Physical Literacy Children

All children need opportunities to be physically active in order to: discover the connection this creates between themselves and the world; learn how and why their bodies move to reduce the chances of injury later in life; and build the competence and confidence that comes with being physically literate.

Children who have less physical skills tend to play less, have fewer opportunities to develop physical literacy and are more likely to withdraw from physical activity, sometimes for a lifetime. Children as young as six years old begin to withdrawal from physical activity, especially in group situations.

Just as parents ensure their children have opportunities to learn to read, write and do mathematics, they should also ensure their children become physically literate.

Programs Focusing on Physical Literacy for Children

Drop-in Programs

Badminton | Children’s Badminton and Basketball Drop-in | Drop-in Basketball | Family Badminton | Family drop-in sports | Family Gym | Family Sport Zone | Family Skate | Family Swim | Inline Skating | Summer Playground Services

Registered Programs

Arts - Dance & Music
Orff Music | Ukulele | MusArt & Drama Mania | Instrument Sampler | Celtic Fiddle Basics | Young Tunes | LIstening Lab | Summer Voices | Summertime Singing | Piano | Guitar | Violin | Bollywood Jazz | Ballet | Creative Dance | Hip Hop | Jazz | Jazz/Hip Hop | Little Hip Hoppers | Contemporary Hip Hop | Modern Dance | Musical Theatre | Street Dance 101 | Yoga Dance | Zumba ® Kids
Camps
40 Summer Camps to choose from! 
Gymnastics
Kids Can Move | Circus Gymnastics | Recreational Gymnastics
Golf
Golf Lessons
Martial Arts
Karate
Outdoor Recreation
Move on the Water | Outdoor Adventure Club | Learn to Camp: Parks Canada
Out Trips  Camping Getaway | Horseback Riding Day Trip | Stand Up Paddle Surfing | Cultus Lake Waterslides | Go-Karts & Watermania | Harrison Watersports Water Park | High Ropes | Playland Day Trip
Racquet Sports
Badminton Lessons | Tennis Lessons | Squash Lessons
Sports
All Sports | Ball Hockey & Indoor Soccer | Basketball | Soccer | Volleyball
Skating
Fall & Winter
Skating Lessons
Swimming
Swimming Lessons

What is Physical Literacy?

Physical literacy is fun and simple, yet basic for a healthy life. It benefits every aspect of the physical functioning of our bodies. Physical literacy involves developing the fundamental movement skills and motor activities that you need to move with competence and confidence in all environments. Physical literacy is also about awareness and the social, emotional and cognitive qualities that everyone needs to move. For example, self-regulation requires you to creatively and strategically apply and analyze different forms of large and fine muscle movements their body makes in relationship to the environment.

Physical Literacy Preschool

Preschoolers

The best way to develop a physically literate preschool aged child is to give them daily structured and unstructured activities.

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Physical Literacy Children

Children

A physically literate child has the confidence to pursue physical activities and enjoy the benefits of a healthy body.

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Myth: It Just Happens

While it’s true that some children develop physical skills on their own by trial-and-error, many do not. Children who have less physical skills tend to play less, have fewer opportunities to develop physical literacy and are more likely to withdraw from physical activity, sometimes for a lifetime.

Children who are physically skilled are easily motivated to seek out large amounts of vigorous healthy play; yet even children who enjoy physical activity are less likely to have these opportunities in today’s world. As a society we have become more inactive as we wrestle with screen time, smaller families and fewer safe outdoor play areas. Also even children that easily acquire physical skills require opportunities to safely learn how and why their bodies move to reduce the chances of injury later in life.

Helpful Resources

Leisure Guide
Affordable Family Fun
Physical Literacy Skills