Children Need to Learn How to Move

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

Did you know that just like reading and writing, children need to learn to move? Basic movement skills include; skipping, jumping, kicking, throwing, running and catching. When children learn basic movement skills they feel confident trying a variety of physical activities because they have the skills to succeed and have fun.

Finding opportunities to help children develop basic movement skills will give them the tools they need to make healthy choices and grow into happy, healthy, and active adults.

Helpful tips for parents:

  • Make being active a family value – play as a family, enjoy new activities and games together.
  • Let children do physical activities that they enjoy.
  • Have children participate in sport programs/activities that are appropriate for their age and skill level.
  • Help children see physical activity as a normal part of their daily routine.
  • Set time aside for “unstructured play”- get outside and explore nature
  • Challenge them to try new activities.