Physical Literacy

Understanding Physical Literacy

Give kids the right start to help them be active for life!

RBC Learn to Play Grant

Richmond Hill has received a one-time $25,000 RBC Learn to Play Leadership Grant. Richmond Hill was selected as a recipient due to our demonstrated strong connections with the local sports community and our capacity to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of the children growing up in our community.

RBC Learn to Play Project grants are funded by RBC and the Public Health Agency of Canada and managed by ParticipACTION with support from Canadian Sport for Life.

Learn more about the RBC Learn to Play Leadership Grant.

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What is Physical Literacy?

Physical literacy is an emerging trend in recreation.

What is it? Physical literacy is about teaching children fundamental movement skills such as running, hopping, throwing, catching and jumping that will help them to stay active in the future.

Once mastered, these skills help kids develop confidence, physical competence and motivation to participate in different physical activities, sports, and games. Children who have the ability to move with confidence and control have an increased ability to read what is going on around them and respond appropriately.

In the same way a child learns to speak, read and write, the same is true of learning to move with confidence. It doesn't require special equipment or training, just a bit of knowledge and the simple and natural desire to give your kid the right building blocks from the start.

Learn more about the importance of physical literacy and encourage your children to be active.

Fundamental Movement Skills

Moving with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities require solid knowledge and practice of fundamental movement skills. There are lots of fun easy ways to help your children practice these moves in your daily lives.  Try some of these activities together. 

Fundamental movement skills include:

  • Kicking
  • Throwing
  • Jumping
  • Hopping
  • Catching
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Skating

Help your children further develop their fundamental movement skills.

Be Active IconLook for this symbol throughout our Community Recreation Guide for programs that promote physical literacy.