Physical literacy is an important building block that supports children to be active.
What is physical literacy?
Physical literacy is when children have the skills, confidence and motivation to be active for life. The process of developing physical literacy begins in early childhood when parents encourage movement in infancy and it continues as parents support and encourage their child's love of movement throughout life.
Why is physical literacy important?
Physical literacy is an important building block which supports children to be active. Without basic skills, children often become disengaged from sport and activity. The benefits of physical literacy aren’t limited to physical health. We also know that kids who are more active also have improved academic performance, cognitive skills, mental wellness, social skills and healthy lifestyle habits.
How can I help my child become physically literate?
Learn about some of the fundamental movement skills you can support your child to develop, either by practicing with them yourself or by enrolling them in sport programs. Sport for Life has an overview of essential skills and a visual guide for parents and teachers. Important skills for children to master include:
- Recommended physical literacy skills for children from birth to three years old.
- Active for Life’s KidActive App offers fun activity ideas to help develop children's physical literacy.
- Active for Life also offers ideas on active games using chalk, active indoor games for toddlers, and active winter outdoor play.