From 0-6 years, boys and girls need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop the fundamental movement skills that will provide the foundation for learning fundamental sports skills at older ages.
From ages 0-6 years, children need to be introduced to unstructured active play that incorporates a variety of body movements. Children this age need to develop the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed.
The ABCs are essential for developing fundamental movement skills, and fundamental movement skills will later provide the foundation for fundamental sport skills. Together, fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills form the basis of physical literacy.
An early active start enhances development of brain function, physical coordination, gross motor skills, and posture and balance. An active start also helps children to build confidence, social skills, emotional control, and imagination while reducing stress and improving sleep.
Children in the Active Start stage should see physical activity as a fun and exciting part of everyday life.
Learn more about activities for Active Start:
- Find out why Active Play is so important
- Normal childhood development of fundamental movement skills
- Why should you encourage different types of play?
- What role do adults play in all this?
- Find out the milestones for children in the first three years of life
- Find out the milestones for children from 4 to 6 years old
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