Programs: Physical Literacy and You (PLAY) : About Physical Literacy


What is Physical Literacy?

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Research shows that learning physical literacy as a child increases the likelihood of pursuing physical activity as a youth and adult.

A Different Kind of Literacy

Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person. – PHE Canada

To develop physical literacy, children must learn certain fundamental movement skills during their development, including running, jumping, hopping, balancing, throwing and swimming. These skills give children the means to participate in a vast range of sports and recreational activities which ultimately will lead them to be active for life.

Children should learn these fundamental movement skills in four basic environments:


  • On the ground - as the basis for most games, sports, dance, and physical activities
  • In the water - as the basis for aquatic activities
  • On snow or ice - as the basis for winter sliding activities
  • In the air – as the basis for gymnastics, diving, and other aerial activities

Parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers and recreation practitioners all play a role in the development of our children's physical literacy. - Canadian Sport for Life