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Physical Development


The Importance of Physical Literacy

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This article highlights the importance of physical literacy and discusses the three levels of physical literacy according to different age groups. 


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Let's Get Moving!

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This article discusses the many benefits of exercise, the three elements of fitness, and how we can address the increasingly impactful issue of sedentary issue and suggests ways of encouraging movement across all ages.

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Let's Get Creative

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This article speaks about the role of optimal physical activity in children's thinking and also emphasizes the role of creativity in active play.

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Canadian kids need to move more to boost their brain health


This report from 2018 notes various statistics and findings on Canadian children and their physical education. From topics ranging from Canadian children's sleeping, physical movement, sedentary behaviours, active play, and sport participation, this resource is rich in knowledge!

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Physical Activity in Early Childhood: Setting the Stage for Lifelong Healthy Habits - Parenting Series

This article by Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development (SKC-ECD) provides further insight of the benefits of physical activity and the roles of parents in physical activity. They also describe, provide activities and provide recommendations for structure and unstructured physical activities.  

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Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years: Infant (less than 1 year)

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This video is a 24 hour guideline of the early years for infants including physical movement, sleep schedule and nutrition. This outlines how incorporating this into practice leads to significant developmental benefits.  

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years: Preschooler (3-4 years)

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This video is a 24 hour guideline for Early Years for Preschoolers including physical movement, sleep schedule and nutrition. This outlines how incorporating this into practice leads to significant developmental benefits.  


Hop, Skip, Jump and Play! Gross Motor Planning Activities For All Ages


Summer offers many opportunities to have fun and engage with children in active movement. Gross motor play creates memories that can be reflected upon through group discussion and photo documentation. Active play strengthens and uses the large muscles in legs, arms and trunk which is important for healthy physical and brain development. Gross motor play is fun and gets your creative juices flowing. 

This resource provides activities to engage all age groups in play, to promote brain and physical development. 

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Creative Activities with Infants and Toddlers


Infants and toddlers take pleasure in art & craft activities. Creative activities promote cognitive development and improve motor skills.

Very young children focus more on exploring with different materials rather than on creating final products. Art experiences for toddlers and infants should be safe, simple, and sensory. All supplies should be non-toxic, in case of accidental ingestion. And most of all creative with infants and toddlers should be fun and include you as an interactive and reflective element to the experience! 

This resource provides creative activites for toddlers and infants. 

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Time to Get Ready

Getting ready for outdoor play gets more complicated as the weather becomes colder. This activity is meant to be a helpful way to assist children in putting on all the gear necessary for a Canadian winter.

It can be presented as a “challenge” to see how fast children can get ready with minimal staff support. At first children may require a lot of support in order to follow through however this should lessen over time. This resource provides means by which educators can reinforce positive praises for children who follow through.

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Indoor Sensory Activities for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers

The warmer weather is great for getting children outdoors to enjoy some fun in the sun! But what about those rainy days, or heat alerts, that keep us from enjoying our outside programming? How can you bring some of those activities inside? How do you create an indoor environment that will keep children busy and having fun? The following are some ideas that may be new to you or a twist on some old favourites that may be suitable for infants, toddlers and/or preschoolers.

This resource provides educators with activities that they can bring indoors on those hot days that doesn't make playing outdoors possible. 

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Books for Enhancing Children's Physical Literacy and Development

This resource provide a list of books in support children's physical literacy in infants and toddlers. 

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Children's Books for Physical Literacy


This resource lists interactive children's books that can help in supporting children's physical movement.

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Physical development of babies

About Kids Health is an education resource for kids, teens and adults and is approved by health care professionals at The Hospital for Sick Children. This article provides a general overview of how infants develop physical skills and accomplish physical milestone.  

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Participaction is an organization that advocates for active living. They provide readers with benefits of healthy habits such as regular sleep and positive relationships. 

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This resource is provided by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. It showcases the movement and activity guidelines for early years, children, adults and older adults.

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Physical activity | Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

The child encyclopedia provides evidence-based articles and an infographic about physical activity in early childhood. They highlight the recommendations for early years and what physical activity looks like in early years 

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VLS - The Virtual Lab

The Department of Defense Child Development Virtual Laboratory School, developed by The Ohio State University, is an educational resource that provides early learning and care professionals with evidence based information, strategies and tools for infant, toddler, preschool and school age physical development.  

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Being Active - Tips To Get Active

The government of Canada supports and encourages physical activity for children as they provide strategies, recommendations and health benefits for physical activity. 

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Practical Tools and Strategies

Pre-Printing Strategies

This resource provides the educators on strategies for pre-printing, multi-sensory pre-printing practice and typical progression for pre-printing.

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Active for Life - Resources for Parents

Active for Life provides professionals with lesson plans for physical activity for the ages of 3 to 12. The provide both parents and professionals with evidence-based infographics, powerpoints about physical activity  

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ParticipACTION App

This app was developed my Participation. The app provides tools, tips and videos to motivate users to become more active. This app also allows you to set personal goals and track whether you are completing these goals.  

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APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused health promotion initiative - Alberta Canada

APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused health promotion initiative. It impacts the lives of thousands of students annually in 75 schools across British Columbia, northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Manitoba by improving their healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health habits. 

APPLE Schools provides resources such as planning for implementation, selecting a health faciliators for schools. 

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This resource is from BOKS, which offers resources and tools to get kids moving in fun ways throughout the day whether they're in the classroom, at home, or outside. For each situation, BOKS offers a variety of resources that will appeal to all school-aged kids. 

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