Why Is Physical Literacy So Important For Toddlers And Preschoolers?
Ever wonder why kids, teenagers, and adults are so addicted to video games? What is it about video games that is so attractive? The simple answer of course, is that video games are designed to keep players at a level at which they are completely engaged.
So the question remains, can we encourage children to not just play video games, but to do physical activities as well?
This is ultimately what the goal is when we talk about TekyGo! and ‘Physical Literacy’. We want children to have the motivation to want to move, but in order to do that, we have to help them to develop the tools they need to be successful. These tools are the movement skills that they need to participate in physical activities.
According to Whitehead (2010), physical literacy includes the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to maintain physical activity throughout the life course. As mentioned above, in order for children to be motivated, they must be confident in their skills. They should feel that they coordination and control over their gross and fine motor skills.
Combining the benefits of video games and the opportunities to develop and practice movements skills is a no-brainer. Children will be engaged, while at the same time gaining the confidence they need to to pursue other physical activities. TekyGo! games are specifically designed to encourage a higher level of physical literacy in children which will ultimately encourage them to get more involved in other sports and physical activities.
With confidence comes motivation, and the more motivated children are to move, the more practice they will have in mastering their physical and movement skills. The better they are with these skills, the more motivation they will have. A very powerful cycle indeed!
So let’s 3, 2, 1, TekyGO!
Whitehead, M. (2010). Physical literacy: throughout the lifecourse. London ; New York: Routledge.