Physical Literacy in the Park Trent Hills PLAY Skills
What is Physical Literacy in the Park?
Physical Literacy in the Park is a free opportunity for family members or community organizations to bring the children they live or work with to a community park and meet the kids in their neighborhood and spend 10-60min being physically active and gaining FUNdamental Movement Skills.
Who should come to Physical Literacy in the Park?
- early childhood educators with childcare over the summer
- home school groups
- camp counselors
- baby sitters
- library programs
- anyone interested in learning more about the Northumberland Sports Council
- anyone interested in learning more about the Physical Literacy Instructor Program at the Hastings Field House
What is Physical Literacy?
Basically, Physical Literacy is a framework people are using to give children quality physically active experiences. Only 20% of 5- to 11-year-olds in Canada spend several hours a day (more than 2 hours) in unorganized physical activity, according to their parents (2014-15 CHMS, Statistics Canada). Take a minute and think about your own childhood. Can you image only spending 2 hours each day playing outside of school?!?!
Just like children need to learn their ABCs before they can spell a word children need to learn how to RUN, HOP, THROW before they want to be involved in any sport and activity. Research shows that when a child is more confident in his or her skills they are more likely to move and therefore gain all the great health benefits associated with being active!