What is Ideas for Action: Physical Activity?
The Ideas for Action guide is meant to be a starting point, a resource to get students and teachers, or adult team members started in planning activities in their schools. This guide provides key information about existing programs and resources, tips for getting started, things to consider while participating in the campaign, sources of support in Ontario, and activity ideas.
Feel free to change the activities to fit your school and your community. Each activity includes how-to instructions as well as ideas for getting more creative. Be sure to make each activity your own!
When selecting an activity, it’s important to think about whether it’s appropriate for your group. Things to consider include the age of your audience and whether you’re planning something for the whole school or a smaller group. Most of the activities in this guide can be adapted for different ages, experience levels, and group sizes and only take a few minutes to complete.
If you’re not sure that an activity is a good fit for your school, talk to a teacher, principal, coach, or counsellor in your school or community about how you might change the activity to make it more appropriate.
Why use Ideas for Action: Physical Activity?
We want you to use this guide to encourage you, the students, to not only start conversations about physical literacy in your school, but also to get you moving more. This could look very different in different schools. And that’s okay – it’s up to you!
It’s important that your plan fit your school. Things to think about include the following:
- Who in your school do you want to talk to? For example, do you want to communicate to all students, a specific grade, or a specific student group such as student council, a sports team, or a club?
- What teachers, school staff, or community members could you look to for support and partnership?
- How many activities do you want to run? For example, do you want to run several smaller activities or one large activity?
- When do you want to run activities? For example, do you want to connect an activity to a key date like end of school, plan a month of activities leading up to end of school, or perhaps run one activity a month for the whole year? Remember, the more you move, the better you feel.