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There’s no doubt about it: children need to move.

Even before they're born, babies stretch and kick in the womb. From the moment we welcome them into the world, babies work hard to gain the movement skills they need to roll over, sit, stand, cruise, run, and jump.

Yet, although we all know it’s important to encourage kids to be active, parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators are often unsure how to do this—especially if they don’t consider themselves to be "sporty" people.

The good news is, it’s easier than you think. The very best way to support young children to develop physical literacy is to encourage active free play every day, especially outdoors.

Here are some ways you can help little ones move and play at home, daycare, and school.

Featured activity: Float the Pond

Cross an imaginary pond in your backyard or living room, with the help of a pair of pretend lily pads to balance on. This activity develops coordination and balance as kids have to constantly bend and balance on one foot.

Float the Pond is one of a new series of activity videos from Active for Life, featuring fun and easy ways to inspire children to get moving. You can find them all on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. You can find even more ideas on the Activities page on our website. 

APPLE Model helps early childhood educators incorporate physical literacy

Early childhood educators aren't phys-ed teachers; most don’t have the knowledge or the background to “teach” physical skills. But young children learn through play, especially active play, and that's something ECEs understand well. The APPLE Model offers a handy framework to explain how to incorporate physical literacy into classrooms and playgrounds, so children can gain the motivation, confidence, and competence to move for a lifetime.

Find more resources to get young kids moving

The early years are the right time to begin developing physical literacy. Through fun games and active play, children develop the essential motor skills that form the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity and health. Through regular physical activity, they also become better learners.
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