Get your kids on a path to an active life

Physical literacy is a concept related to physical activity that is getting a lot of buzz these days. And although it is rather complex, there are some pretty simple things parents can do to ensure their kids are getting the right start to an active life.

The following checklist includes the basic skills kids need to develop on their physical literacy journey and can help you determine what recreation programs to introduce kids to as they grow up.

Each basic movement skill lays the groundwork for developing physical literacy at older ages.  For example, falling and tumbling are skills to introduce your kids to between the ages of four and six. This doesn’t mean they need to “master” these skills during that age range – but rather they are ready to start developing these skills. This would be a good time to sign them up for a gymnastics program to help them develop these skills.

0 – 2 years

  • Grasping
  • Rolling over
  • Sitting
  • Crawling
  • Cruising
  • Walking

2 – 4 years

  • Running
  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Kicking
  • Swimming
  • Skating

4 – 6 years

  • Running
  • Throwing and catching
  • Falling and tumbling
  • Hopping and jumping
  • Skipping
  • Cycling

6 – 9 years

  • Striking sports
  • Dribbling sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Skating 

If you’d like to get more specific information about each skill, check out this article on Active for Life’s website.

ParticipACTION and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador are working together, with support from Recreation NL, to inspire families to make physical activity a higher priority in daily life.