Physical Literacy for Parents

Active Sudbury believes that physical literacy is key to being active for life. Children need to participate in a wide variety of fundamental movement skills (e.g. jumping, running, kicking) in multiple settings such as land, water, air, snow and ice.

From birth to six years of age is a critical time for early development of physical literacy. Active play should include activities that are fun so that children will develop a life-long love for being active.  Here are a few things you can do to support their physical literacy:

  • Tummy Time: give your infant regular tummy time so they become familiar with the sensation of being on their stomach. Aim for at least 30 minutes of tummy time spread throughout the day while awake. Make tummy time periods short and intermittent.
  • Grasping: the ability to grasp objects is an important motor skill. It supports the development of eye-hand coordination, and it needs to be stimulated and supported in infancy.
  • Rolling over: requires the development of basic core strength.
  • Sitting: core strength is needed for sitting, generally infants will be able to sit up unassisted at six months. Remember that tummy time helps build core strength.
  • Walking: some children will walk sooner then others. To support safe walking remove obstacles on the floor (e.g. toys and cushions).

There are other fundamental movement skills in addition to the listed above. Checkout this Skill Builder from Active for Life to learn more.

The early years is only the beginning of your child’s physical literacy journey. Providing opportunities for outdoor play and practicing a variety of movements is important for all age groups. For ideas on activities to play with your children that are age appropriate visit the following link.

In addition, you can download the KidActive app for fun games and activities that develop physical literacy.  for fun games and activities that develop physical literacy.