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Our Favourite Ways to Teach Children Physical Literacy at Home

In our series about teaching children physical literacy, we have a look at what you can do to help your children be more active at home


What is physical literacy?

Physical literacy is just as much about children enjoying and feeling confident to participate in sports and games as it's them being capable of different movement skills. Physical literacy is a gateway for our children to learn and develop a wide range of movement skills like running, jumping, throwing and catching, and to develop the confidence and motivation to engage in and enjoy physical activities and sport.

Learning physical literacy starts at homePhysical literacy is essential for children's lifelong participation in sport, games and other physical activity and their long-term health and well-being. Developing children's physical literacy skills, as well as developing their literacy and numeracy skills, gives them the confidence and ability to interact with the physical environments around them and the people they meet.

Physical literacy is developed and promoted throughout childhood by a whole range of different people and environments and it's the positive experiences of sport and active games at school, at home and in the community that will give children the ability, the confidence and the motivation to participate in physical activity now and throughout their lives.

Helping your child develop their physical literacy at home

Physical literacy gives children the tools they need to take part in and enjoy physical activity and sport. When children are not supported to develop their physical literacy and have limited exposure to a range of positive physical activity experiences and environments, they will be less likely to take part in school and recreation based sport and other physically active programs.

Encourage children to be active while they are still youngA child's physical literacy journey starts right from birth, so as parents, we can start to help them develop this long before our children reach school age and continue to support it whilst they are at school.

Be an Active Champion

The best way to encourage children to be active is for you to be active yourself and lead by example. Children like nothing more than to play games with their parents and other significant role models i.e. siblings, grandparents etc. so join in on that game of football, take a Frisbee out into the garden and start a game of tag in the park. Children will play for longer if you are playing too!

Be prepared!

You can encourage activity by taking a ball, Frisbee or just wearing a pair of trainers yourself when you take the kids to the park or spend time in the garden. Simple and cheap pieces of equipment like this might just be enough to spark a game or motivate your children and the other members of the family to get up and be active!

Limit the screen-time

Be prepared to be active at all times

Children aged 5-16 spend on average 6.5 hours a day watching and sitting in front of screens. We all know that there is a whole world of cool things for us to look at on the internet or watch on the TV, but the issue is the amount of time we and our kids spend sitting down whilst we do it.

We can try to break this up by having allocated 'screen time' and also a time for playing more active games that involve gross and fine motor skills, cognitive challenges and communication. Instead of spending all afternoon and evening after school watching TV or playing computer games, why don't you go for a family cycle ride, have a fun family 'workout' session, or even create a fun obstacle course at home for everyone to complete!

Fit For Sport are experts in educating and engaging children and young people through physical activity. They believe that helping children to enjoy being active from an early age will set them on a journey to a healthy, active life.

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