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Physical Literacy for Preschoolers

Phsyical Literacy

Start young! To become physically literate, it is important to understand the basics of physical literacy and provide your preschooler with the right building blocks from the beginning. Learning how to count, read and write, goes hand-in-hand with the need for ALL children to learn how to be physically literate in a healthy, safe and positive way. 

Programs Focusing on Physical Literacy


Buck a Roo Family Fun | Family Gym | Family Skate | Family Swim | Loonie Gymnastics | Motoring Munchkins |  Parent & Tot Skating | Tot Gymnastics | Roaming Rascals | Summer Playgrounds | Tiny Tikes

Registered Programs

Arts - Dance & Music
Baby Signing & Song | Music & My Baby | Babytime Music & Movement | Musical Rascals | Orff Music | Ukulele | MusArt & Drama Mania | Young Tunes | Baby’s First Dance & Play | Toddler's First Dance & Play | Dance with Me, Baby | Dance with Me Daddy | Fairy Dance | Dance Mania | Mom ‘n’ Me Dance | Story Dance | Yoga Dance | Zumba ® Kids Jr | Creative Dance | First Steps - Creative Dance | Kinder Ballet | Mini Hip Hoppers 
Kinderkids Can Move | Tot Gymastics | Kindergym | Parent & Tot Gym Playtime 
Golf & Sports
Tiny Tot Soccer | Tiny Tot Floor Hockey | Preschool Sports & Games | Little Linkers 
Fall & Winter
Social Activities  ABC Active Adventures | Busy Bees | Busy Bees on the Run | Cooking Time for Toddlers | Daily Discoveries | Dynamite Dinosaurs | Indoor/Outdoor Adventures | Kinder Carpenters | Double the Fun | Round the Garden | Play to Learn Preschool 

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


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


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