Physical Literacy During the Active Start Stage

Physical activity is essential for healthy child development during the critical first six years of life. It should be a fun, safe and challenging part of the child’s daily routine. Engage with them in a variety of activities to help their development.

Ages: 0-6

Physical activity is especially important during a child’s first three years, when brain growth is rapid. Regular physical activity:

  • Lays the foundation for future success in skill development.
  • Enhances brain function, coordination, social and motor skills, emotional development, leadership and imagination.
  • Improves confidence and self-esteem.
  • Helps develop strong bones, muscles, posture and healthy body weight.
  • Improves flexibility and fitness.
  • Reduces stress and improves sleep.

At the Active Start stage, children should be encouraged to run, jump, catch, throw, balance and alter their body shape. They should try both water and swimming, and ice and snow activities. They should also learn to wheel on a tricycle or bicycle.

For children with disabilities, organized physical activity and active play are particularly important for stimulating healthy development and encouraging lifelong activity.

Learn more about physical literacy during the Active Start stage.