Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy Defined

Although there are many definitions that encompass Physical Literacy, we prefer to use the following definition taken from Margaret Whitehead’s book, Physical Literacy: Throughout the Lifecourse:
Physical Literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to maintain physical activity throughout the life course.


  • Ensure Fundamental Movement Skills are offered in your programming
  • Help to integrate physical literacy into your programs and activities
  • Help to progress participants through skill development
  • Provide a framework to structure games and physical activity opportunities

 Physical Literacy in 3 Minutes

Move and Play

The Be Fit For Life Network has created the Move & Play through Physical Literacy cards to assist activity leaders interested in integrating Physical Literacy into a variety of programs, activities and environments. These cards are designed to be used in a variety of applications including the home, school or community settings. Over 75 cards are included in this set, focusing on Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Learn to Train stages of the Long Term Athlete Development Model.

Target Audience: Leaders, teachers, and coaches who provide active opportunities for children and youth (ages 3-12)

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