Physical Activity

Physical activity and physical literacy are important components of a child’s health and well-being. Children who have the confidence, motivation and movement competence to enjoy a variety of physical activities are more likely to be active and healthy for life.

What is physical literacy?

Developing physical literacy is about having the skills, confidence and motivation to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities. Much like learning the alphabet and words are the foundations to reading, there are fundamental movement skills (balance, coordination, running, etc.) that we need to develop in order to feel confident and motivated to be active. As these fundamental skills develop and confidence in using them increases, so do participation and activity levels in a variety of different settings and environments. 

The following physical activity and physical literacy resources can be used by teachers in the classroom or to support school initiatives. For questions, contact our School Health Curriculum Resource Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4111 or email schoolhealth@wdgpublichealth.ca.

Community programs

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS)

WDG ASRTS is a program that encourages walking or biking to/from school. Visit their ”Making it Happen” section to learn more about ASRTS events, and to access teacher resources and a school travel planning toolkit. Email the WDG ASRTS Committee at wdgasrts@gmail.com for support and to help you get started. Your school can even earn EcoSchool points by implementing an Active Transportation Campaign, like a Walk or Bike to School event!

Recommended websites

24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (formerly: the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines)

Recommended guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children aged 5-17 years.

Active for Life 

Activities and lesson plans to help children develop physical literacy. For Grades K-7.

Build Your Best Day

Interactive online tool to help children plan a day with the suggested amount of Sweat, Step, Sleep and Sitting to be healthy. Download their additional resources for educators which include games, activity sheets and posters.

Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA)

Programs and intramural resources for teachers and school staff.

Daily Physical Activity in Schools (DPA)

Strategies and resources for teachers to help Grade 1-8 students achieve their minimum 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day.

Have a Ball Together!

Activities and resources to teach physical activity and physical literacy in Grades K-1.

Ophea Teaching Tools

Curriculum-based lesson plans, programs and activities for Grades 1-8.

ParticipACTION’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

An assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.

Public library resources

The following resource is available for loan from your local library. To book a resource, please visit the online catalogue of one of our participating public libraries: (Note: library membership required).

Pedometers (Kit)

Use a class set of pedometers to track students’ daily steps. Incorporate them into other physical activity and math lesson plans.