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Here are some suggestions to get you started: Visit the haveaballtogether.ca website to increase your knowledge Share this presentation with colleagues or other parents Create a tip sheet or newsletter article to share with members of your community Implement a ‘tip of the day’ Put up pictures of children being

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Benefits of Physical Activity: Video

Video transcript  

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Benefits of Physical Activity

Source: Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). (2012). Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines Handbook. Source: ParticipACTION. (n.d.). Follow the Guidelines, Reap the Rewards. Source: Timmons, B. W., LeBlanc, A. G., Carson, V., Connor Gorber, S., Dillman, C., Janssen, I., … & Tremblay, M. S. (2012). Systematic review of

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Answer

What percentage of children 5-11 are meeting the guidelines for 60 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity each day? 14% 27% 42% 61% Source: ParticipACTION. (2016). Are Canadian Kids Too Tired to Move? The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

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Quiz

What percentage of children 5-11 are meeting the guidelines for 60 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity each day? 14% 27% 42% 61%

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Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines: Part 2

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Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines: Part 1

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Types of Physical Activity

Unstructured physical activity Free play Adults do not lead Examples include active outdoor play or working with loose parts materials Source: 2015 Position statement on active outdoor play Source: Pennsylvania State University. (2016). Loose Parts: What does this mean?

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Types of Physical Activity

Structured physical activity Adult-led Organized activities Examples include soccer practice, dance class or a swimming lesson

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Physical Activity at Different Ages

Infants: reaching, rolling, grabbing and crawling Toddlers and preschoolers: any activity that gets kids moving Kindergarten-aged children: more energetic play Source: Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). (2012). Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines Handbook

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About the Best Start Resource Centre

A program of Health Nexus Provides information, consultations, resources and training in the areas of preconception, prenatal health and early child development to service providers Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Have a Ball Together! project funded by the Lawson Foundation

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Learning Objectives

Understand what physical activity is for children 0-6 Review the guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behaviour Take a look at some of the key research related to physical activity and the early years Explore the benefits of physical activity Learn about physical literacy and why it is so important

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Physical Activity and Early Childhood: Building Lifelong Habits

Part One: Understanding the Theory Provides information, consultations, resources and training in the areas of maternal health and early child development to service providers.

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Egg Maze

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Plastic egg, spoon, tape
Space requirements: Small space, open space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), E-L, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

Duck, Duck, Goose

Age: Toddler, Preschool
Equipment: None
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), C-D, No equipment required, Open space

Down the Line

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Stuffed animal
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Do You See What I See?

Age: Infant
Equipment: Black and white or brightly coloured infant toy
Space requirements: On-the-spot

Posted in 0-18 months (Infant), C-D, Equipment required, On-the-spot

Dice Roll

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Dice
Space requirements: On-the-spot

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, On-the-spot

Dance and Sit

Age: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Music
Space requirements: On-the-spot, small space, open space

Posted in 0-18 months (Infant), 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, On-the-spot, Open space, Small space

Crocodile, Crocodile

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: None
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, No equipment required, Open space

Cotton Ball Pickup

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Cotton balls or pom poms, clothes pins, basket
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Connect It

Age: Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: None
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, No equipment required, Open space

Colour Switch

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Dome cones
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Colour Hop

Age: Toddler, Preschool
Equipment: Construction paper
Space requirements: Small space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), C-D, Equipment required, Small space

Colour Cones

Age: Preschool
Equipment: Dome cones
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Clean Your Room

Age: Toddler, Preschool
Equipment: Random objects, laundry basket
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Clean Up

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Bean bags
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Changing Seats

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Chairs
Space requirements: Small space, Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

Circle Overtake

Age: Preschool
Equipment: Bean bags
Space requirements: Small space, open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), C-D, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

Circle Kick Ball

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Ball
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Choo-Choo Clean Up

Age: Toddler, Preschool
Equipment: Bucket or basket
Space requirements: Small space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), C-D, Equipment required, Small space

Chain Tag

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: None
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, No equipment required, Open space

Catching Cups

Age: Toddler, Preschool
Equipment: Small balls, cups or bowls
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Catch the Skeleton

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Tennis balls, marker
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space

Cat and Mouse

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Small ball, larger ball
Space requirements: Small space, open space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), C-D, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

Cardboard Wagon

Age: Infant, Toddler
Equipment: Cardboard box, rope
Space requirements: Small space

Posted in 0-18 months (Infant), 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), C-D, Equipment required, Small space

Bunny Trail

Age: Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Tape or chalk, hula hoops
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Build a Fort

Age: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Cushions or pillows, blankets or sheets, chairs, boxes
Space requirements: Small space, open space

Posted in 0-18 months (Infant), 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

Bubble Chase

Age: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Bubbles
Space requirements: Small space, open space

Posted in 0-18 months (Infant), 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

Bottle Roll

Age: Infant, Toddler
Equipment: Bottle
Space requirements: Small space

Posted in 0-18 months (Infant), 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), A-B, Equipment required, Small space

Bottle Bowling

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Plastic bottles, balls
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Body Part Balance

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: None
Space requirements: On-the-spot, small space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, No equipment required, On-the-spot, Small space

Bocce

Age: Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Small ball, bean bags
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Blanket Catch

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Ball, blanket or sheet
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Birthdays

Age: Preschool
Equipment: None
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), A-B, No equipment required, Open space

Bicycle, Bicycle

Age: Infant, Toddler
Equipment: None
Space requirements: On-the-spot

Posted in 0-18 months (Infant), 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), A-B, No equipment required, On-the-spot

Beginning to Bounce

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Balls
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Bean Bag Tic-Tac-Toe

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Tape or chalk, bean bags
Space requirements: Small space, open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

Bean Bag Fun

Age: Preschool
Equipment: Bean bags
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Bean Bag Circle Pass

Age: Toddler, Preschool
Equipment: Bean bag
Space requirements: Small space

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), A-B, Equipment required, Small space

Bashball

Age: Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Ball
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Ball Goes Round and Round

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Ball
Space requirements: Small space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Small space

Alphabet Popcorn

Age: Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Letter cards
Space requirements: Small space, open space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

Add Them Up

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Bean bags
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Activity Pass

Age: Preschool, Kindergarten
Equipment: Stuffed animal
Space requirements: Small space

Posted in 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Small space

Six Corners

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Dice
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), Equipment required, Open space, S-Z

Ball Chase

Age: Infant, Toddler
Equipment: Reaction ball
Space requirements: Open space

Posted in 0-18 months (Infant), 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), A-B, Equipment required, Open space

Balance Ball Pass

Age: Kindergarten
Equipment: Ball
Space requirements: Small space, open space

Posted in 4-6 years (Kindergarten), A-B, Equipment required, Open space, Small space

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