Theme 1 of The Challenge was entitled Run. Jump. Play. Everyday. This theme ran from October 2015 to June 2016.This theme encourages physical activity through a mix of active play, sport, active transportation and structured activities. Any form of fun or regular movement is physical activity!
For more information on this theme, you can download the following:
Statistics indicate that our kids are not meeting guidelines for physical activity. In fact, only 5% are meeting the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of activity per day. For more facts go to Make Room for Play (ParticipACTION).
Children under the age of six should be physically active for a short time during every waking hour:
- For Infants (up to one year): Daily activity is important. Provide toys and simple objects that encourage them to move.
- Toddlers (1-3 years): At least 30 minutes of adult-organized activity daily and from 60 minutes to several hours per day of unstructured physical activity is recommended – especially outdoors.
- Preschoolers (3-5 years): At least 60 minutes of structured physical activity every day, and from 60 minutes to several hours of daily unstructured physical activity is recommended – especially outdoors.
Click here for more information on the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
Remember when you were a kid? Playing outside with your friends for hours, until you got the call to come in for dinner? Today, our children don’t play like we used to. The playgrounds, schoolyards and parks aren’t as busy as they once were!
And this is having an effect on our children's health and development. Recently a report came out from ParticipACTION that highlighted the concern with lack of active play time, especially outdoor active play, and concerns with children’s physical literacy. You can find highlights of this report here.
Active play is any unstructured movement that children do for fun – including playground games like tag, skipping or ball games. And it’s not just great for a child’s growing body – it has social and mental health benefits too.
Active play might be one of the easiest, most affordable and fun ways to get our kids moving - if we all make an effort to Pledge to Play Everyday! Pledge to make time for daily active play, time to enjoy being active as a family, and being an active role model!
Parents! For active play ideas check out the following!
- Pledge to Play Everyday Calendar (Healthy Kids Community Challenge activities, events and ideas to encourage active play!)
- Active Play Ideas for Babies (Middlesex-London Health Unit)
- Active Play Ideas for Preschoolers (Middlesex-London Health Unit)
- Fortune Teller - For school age kids, download and print this fortune teller, a favourite playground game, that gets kids practicing some of the fundamental movements that create the foundation for physical literacy.
- Activities from Active for Life
Educators and Peer Leaders! For active play ideas check out the following!
- Outdoors: The Ultimate Playground: A physical activity resource for educators, parents, camp leaders, peer leaders, etc. to use with students and children. This resource supports daily physical activity with outlines for physical activities that can take place outdoors at recess or lunch hours, as well as during regular physical education programming.
- Go Noodle! Movement videos kids, teachers, and parents love! Play from any browser on a computer, tablet or IWB. Also available on the new Apple TV!
- Active After School Activities: Search the collections of over 1000 fun, safe and engaging activities!
- Healthy Bodies. Happy Kids. is a healthy eating and physical activity toolkit designed for use in afterschool programs for children 6-12 years old. The Healthy Bodies. Happy Kids. toolkit contains information on healthy eating and physical activity. It also includes interactive activities and fun games that can be played in different spaces.
Help Foster your Child's Physical Literacy
Physical literacy has been defined as the building blocks for an active life. Children who are physically literate are more likely to stay in motion throughout their life! When kids do not have physical literacy, they may report a lack of interest, skills, confidence or motivation as barriers to being active.
As a parent, you invest into reading to your child as it helps them learn to love reading. Just like regular reading, supporting your child to play daily helps them foster their love for and skills for moving! Click here to see how raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader.
Visit a Recreation Centre
Visit one of our partner agencies websites for more information on what recreation opportunities they offer. Our County offers lots of ways to get active as a family!