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Stage 1: Active Start Ages: 0-6 years


Objective: Learn fundamental movements and link them together into play


Active start prepares children for a physically active lifestyle by placing them in environments where they are active on a daily basis and are developing physical literacy. Children should experience and practice running, jumping, throwing and catching from an early age. Swimming and well-structured gymnastics programs are also recommended to enhance the full range of basic movement skills and physical literacy. Children should learn fundamental movement skills and fundamental sports skills in each of the four basic environments: • On the ground – as the basis for most games, sports, dance and physical activity • In the water – as the basis for all aquatic activities • On the snow and ice - as the basis for all winter sliding activities • In the air – as the basis for gymnastics, diving and other aerial activities


Ultimate Canada encourages parents and/or siblings to use a disc in unstructured play. Children are quite often exposed to Ultimate during this stage while on the sidelines of youth or adult games in which their family members are involved.


Parents!


Speak to staff at your local recreational clubs, school, parks and recreation office, day care and preschool to find out what they offer. Remember – getting your child active at home is a great way to spend time together and help your child develop basic movement skills.


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