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Education Matters

Fit and Smart

September 1st, 2016

By Tatiana Tilly

As you know, just like reading with children develops their love of books, and playing with children develops their love of play, physical literacy develops their love of movement in play.  Physical literacy is an essential building block of their development, and the key to being active for life.  Children who are physically literate are more confident in play and games, and they will have more fun playing because they know how to run, jump, skip, hop, throw, catch and all the rest.

As the school year starts and children are so engaged academically, it is even more important to find time to play, move and be active.

PLAY (Physical Literacy and You) Early Years Committee has created an amazing physical literacy resource, and we would like to invite you to utilize the “PLAY Backpack” with your children.  The PLAY Backpack is available at all three branches of Red Deer Public Library:  Dawe, Downtown and Timberlands branches.

PLAY (Physical Literacy and You) Backpack: A Physical Literacy Resource for Children 0-5 Years

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Also, check out our staff picks for books on yoga and movement. Practicing yoga with children lends itself well to storytelling and fosters creativity and imagination in children. Children can try yoga in a storytelling setting, practicing poses, breathing exercises, and best of all using their imaginations!

  • Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-pose Bedtime Story by Gates, Mariam
  • Stretch by Cronin, Doreen
  • Breathe by Magoon, Scott
  • Monkey and Me by Gravett, Emily
  • Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers 8-minute Routines to Help your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better by Garabedian, Helen
  • Sitting Still Like A Frog Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Snel, Eline
  • Calm Girl: Yoga for Stress Relief  by Rissman, Rebecca
  • I Love Yoga: A Guide for Kids and Teens by Schwartz, Ellen
  • Deep Blue Sea Yoga DVD – 2014

Also, as the school year starts, the library resumes general programming for all ages. Check our Fall program guide at  to find out many great free programs for any member of your family in all three branches of Red Deer Public Library.

Tatiana Tilly is the Manager of Red Deer Public Library’s Dawe Branch. For more information visit

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