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Let's get Physical!

  • Sunday, 21 September 2014
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How active play (and playgrounds) help children become physically literate 

When it comes to children learning the basics, reading, writing and arithmetic have always been the staple foundational skills to teach. But with increasing childhood obesity rates as a result of rising inactivity among today’s youth, many Canadian parents and educators are jumping aboard the physical literacy movement.

A person who is physically literate is defined by PHE Canada (Physical & Health Education Canada) as an individual who moves with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.

With studies showing only 10% of Canadian children getting enough daily activity and a 30% drop in sport participation, it’s becoming essential to go back to the basics and ensure children are taught these simple skills so they can be healthier adults.

In order to achieve full physical literacy, studies suggest that children need to learn fundamental movement skills (Catch, Jump, Run, Throw, Swim) in each of these basic environments:

1. Ground – for most games, playground play, sports and many other physical activities.

2. Water – basic swimming and aquatic activities

3. Snow/Ice – all winter play (sliding, tubing, skiing)

4. Air – basis for gymnastics, diving and other aerial activities

Playgrounds are the perfect stimulating outdoor space for children to develop physical literacy skills through all of the elements above. Children not only learn motor skills and build physical endurance on the playground, but it is often the first place where kids explore their imagination, risk-taking, teamwork and social skills.

Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises that brings fun and creativity to its impressive lineup of inclusive playground equipment, splash pads and sports goals, is a strong supporter of the physical literacy movement. Contact your local Play! sales associate today for information on how you can create your one-of-a-kind play space that will bring smiles and excitement to children’s faces as they learn fundamental skills.

KidSport, a Canadian non-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for kids looking to play sports, took a humorous approach to demonstrate what a physical illiterate adult would look by creating YouTube videos showing that “Sports Skills are Life Skills”.

Check out the link below to see what happens when an individual doesn’t learn how to catch:

 

For more information on physical literacy, see HERE

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LEAH IVERSON

Marketing Communications Manager

Leah is putting pen to paper in her role as Marketing Communications Manager for both Crozier’s Landmark and Play! divisions. Her main responsibilities include leading marketing and communication efforts through strategic articles, website content and by enhancing engagement on various social media platforms. read more

leah.iverson@crozier.ca