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This site includes various resources, such as Activity Cards, Recipe Card Lesson Plans (Eng and Fr), Fitness Dice Activity, and more, as well as links to other physical literacy resources. Some are available as free downloads, others may be purchased.
Defines both Physical Literacy (PL) and Physical Education (PE), and looks at responsiblities for teaching PL, the role of physical education in supporting the development of physical literacy, pedagogical strategies, and more.
I CAN Develop Physical Literacy is a resource for anyone in the community working with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continuum. It is intended to serve as a support tool for teachers, coaches and leaders who want to incorporate physical literacy into their programs. The resource will give a brief introduction to ASD, but will focus on support strategies, behaviour support tools, and how to modify activities to create optimal challenge. Although the lesson plans provided are for children age 4-11 years, the support tools are relevant to any age group. The goal is that after...
A site with various free art step-by-step printables and how-to videos.
The role of this guide is to help educators and the communities that surround and support them, (such as administrators, facilities staff, parents, licensing officials, etc.), to learn more about Forest and Nature School (FNS) and what this model of education offers Canadian children. Forest School Canada was formed in the spring of 2012 as an education initiative of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. Nurtured under this organization for a couple of years, Forest School Canada is now an independent not-for-profit organization that works within a collaborative leadership model.
This site features no-cost downloadable videos of games in various categories, including Physical Literacy that walk you through the set up and rules of play. Videos can also be searched on the following topics: Teaching Games for Understanding, Warmup/Cooldown, Sports,  as well as listing by different types of games (circle, parachute, dodgeball, relay races, etc.).
Parents play a major role in supporting health behaviours and providing children opportunities for healthy, active living. In Canada, between 1979 and 2004, rates of obesity in children more than doubled. Physical activity, healthy eating, and reducing recreational screentime are important for promoting and maintaining healthy weights. Each of these infographics focuses on a specific child health behaviour: daily physical activity, screen time, and healthy eating. These infographics and graphics present results from a telephone survey of 3,206 parents living in Ontario, conducted...
This website offers varied resources for children and youth and practitioners who work with them. Examples include Around the World, which includes facts about countries with a Sightseeing Guide, History Timeline, Challenge, Day in the Life for each country. Others include Homework Helper, Kid Reporters, and more. A Mini-Sites section includes book reviews, Space, Environment, and more. 
This series of short videos (one to six minutes duration) is designed to help you create a quality physical literacy experience for your participants in your practice or programs. Each video focuses on key components to assist you in understanding physical literacy and how it is important to consider in your programming implementation. Supplementary information and resources are provided after each video. The videos are batched into two sections: Section One (nine videos) provides background information for developing a quality physical literacy experience and Section Two (20 videos) ...
Watch instructional videos on how to administer CAPL or practice scoring CAPL using existing videos for: Grip Strength, Height, Obstacle Course, PACER Shuttle Run, Pedometer, Plank, Questionnaires, Sit and Reach, Waist Circumference, and Weight.
Video, 2 minute Ever wonder what Physical Literacy means? Motivate Canada's female Physical Literacy Facilitators give us great insight into what is means to be physically literate and how it affects our lives on a daily basis and at any age.
Two webinar recordings, each one hour, conducted by Drew Mitchell from Canadian Sport for Life. Overview: Brief overview of physical literacy Physical Literacy National Strategy – new initiative – early outcomes Physical Literacy Delivery and Promotion at the national, provincial and regional level Community Engagement examples from across Canada Opportunities – RBC Learn to Play grants Increasing Awareness & Knowledge Original webinar run on November 26, 2015, second on January 12, 2016. There are slight variations between the two seminars...
“The Food Dudes” nutrition education package was developed by a group of teachers, a nutritionist, and a school meal program attendant. It was initially designed to complement school meal programs, but is now used by many schools to teach nutrition education regardless of participation in school meal programs. The goals of the nutrition education package are: to teach children about food and nutrition thereby encouraging them to eat their lunches and try new foods to increase children’s knowledge and awareness of nutrition and to promote healthy food choices to encourage parental/...
Alternatives to TV and computer games, even on rainy days! Board games, free reading time, a physically active video game like “Dance Dance Revolution” or other fitness games, a scavenger hunt either inside or outside, and more.
Food & Fun After School (© President and Fellows of Harvard College and YMCA of the USA) is a curriculum designed to develop healthy habits out of school time. Eleven teaching units help programs infuse healthy snacks and recipes, physically active games, and creative learning activities into regular program schedules. Curriculum materials are available free of charge. The Food...
The experiences and perceptions of children’s active free play has changed over the generations. This Wellspring article describes finds from inter-generational interviews and provides some suggestions on how to facilitate active free play today.
This Evidence Brief asks: What types of community-based interventions are being implemented to promote active play in children and youth aged 0 to 12, and are they effective?
The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity (TCPA) is an international charter that was developed by 55 countries and launched out of the City of Toronto in 2010. It is an influential guiding document that “is a call for action and an advocacy tool to create sustainable opportunities for physically active lifestyles for all.” The Charter was designed to help organizations and individuals work with decision-makers across a variety of sectors to promote physical activity in their communities. The toolkit, created by the Healthy Communities Partnership in Middlesex-London, provides...
Panel Presenters: Jennifer Telfer, Barb Longair, Lisa Weekes, and Megan McKinlay Presentations: Physical Literacy Innovations in Alberta: Be Fit For Life looks at collaborative training opportunities that have resulted from the regional Physical Literacy and You groups. It focuses on how these collaborative opportunities have led to many positive benefits. Inclusive Pathways to Physical Literacy looks at the key learnings from the community consultations and action planning process from the City of Calgary’s Learn to Play grant project “Pathways to Physical Literacy for children with...
Presenters: Elizabeth A. Halpenny and Therese Salenekis Documenting children’s engagement in structured and unstructured activities especially in outdoor environments and identifying the factors that shape this engagement can assist out-of-school programs and governments to advance policy and practice changes that may result in more rapid achievement of positive development and health outcomes for children. Presentation from the 2015 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

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