Physical Literacy


Physical Literacy Infographic

The Introduction to Physical Literacy lists the fundamental movement skills – travelling skills, object control skills, and balance movements – that lay the foundation for physical literacy. Once these have been mastered, children begin to learn fundamental sport skills and how they’re used across a range of environments.

The benefits of physical literacy aren’t limited to physical health. It also improves academic performance, cognitive skills, mental health, psychological wellness, social skills, and healthy lifestyle habits. Thus, all children should master fundamental movement skills and develop physical literacy. Physical literacy is just as important as the ability to read and write!

The Physical Literacy Self-Assessment and Planning Toolkit (2016) is intended for those who work in childcare settings.  This toolkit helps assess the physical activity environment of the childcare setting to help inform future programming and facility needs.  By promoting, role modelling and engaging children in daily physical activity, child care staff have the ability to influence healthy child development within their centres or homes by following the best practice guidelines outlined in the toolkit.


We encourage you to make use of the resources below to help kids develop physical literacy:

Hop, Skip and a Jump: Enhancing Physical Literacy - Includes a collection of structured physical activities using space and equipment most centres possess. The activities are easy to implement and focus on building basic gross motor skills important in child development.

Active for Life - Resources that parents, educators, caregivers, or program leaders can use to help their children to develop physical literacy

Physical Literacy - Offers coaches, recreation professionals and health practitioners access to a wide range of resources that can help people become physically literate

Activities for babies and toddlers ages 0-3 years

KidActive mobile app with activities and games

children’s daily activity log sheet

links and resources to promote physical literacy in your community

use our skills builder tool to help your child develop physical literacy

hands up for health and physical literacy

get coaching online tutorials for parent volunteer coaches

physical literacy training


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