Engage students with PLAYBuilder

PLAYBuilder helping educators 

With PLAYBuilder, your educators can choose from a wide range of Sport for Life activities or create their own lesson plans. Designed to promote physical literacy, PLAYBuilder hosts a wide range of online content. PLAYBuilder makes it easy to streamline and manage all your content, which can enable educators to easily implement their lessons, all in one place. Of our 58 partners, over 10% of them are schools. It has never been easier to digitize, create and share quality lesson plans.

Streamlining your P.E. programming

By using PLAYBuilder right from the start you can start easily planning out your physical education lesson plans aligned with educational standards in your district. Having it all in one place allows the streamlining of P.E. lessons, that teachers across your school can view and use. These are some of our teachers favourite features that help them conduct their lesson planning.

  • Searching: Easily navigate all your content with filter criteria such as grade level, curriculum, equipment and much more. Easily sort by these criteria to find activities that accommodate for COVID-19 safety measures.
  • Playlists: Select the lessons that fit your teaching style, and group them to create easy-to-access plans.
  • Favourites: Star your favourite content, for easy access on your dashboard.
  • Access Anywhere: Educators can teach from anywhere on their computer, mobile device or tablet. Save paper by downloading your content while offline!

Pre-built content to get you started with P.E. right away!

Creating new content that is both engaging and fun for your students can sometimes be a challenge. You need not look any further… choose from a variety of packs that contain activities, lesson plans, and units. The pre-built content allows one to quickly implement lesson plans for grades 1-10. Check out the pre-built grade packs we pre-built for grades 1-10.

These four content packs for Grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-10 have been aligned with physical literacy in mind by our physical education experts. These packs, included in your PLAYBuilder subscription, can be exceptionally convenient to figure out what to run and when. Choose from over 650 activities and 130 lesson plans that will be perfect for the age range you are teaching. Whether you want to narrow in on a fundamental movement skill or just a find fun game, PLAYBuilder can help you implement your quality P.E. programming quickly. By using these activities as your founding base, you can save time and get started with your classes immediately.

A success story during the pandemic

We asked Amanda Kornaga, Principal of Good Spirit School Division, how the pandemic affected their programming, and if our software was helpful in mobilizing innovation. This is what she said:

“Yes, it is difficult to have physical meetings so this has helped for sharing resources. It has also helped to streamline resources. When Covid first hit there were a lot of resources created and shared from a variety of people but they weren’t all credible. This has reduced the amount of time I spend sorting through sites. Thank you!”

Why teachers matter to us

As we celebrated teacher appreciation in October, we would like to again thank all the teachers and administrators for all you do. The founding reason we created PLAYBuilder was to get our children and youth active by gaining access to quality physical literacy programming. COVID-19 has made education more precarious and necessitated the need for the switch to complete digital programming. We are currently partnered with several schools, who all utilize the PLAYBuilder platform. PLAYBuilder can be the tool that not only cuts down on wasted time but can help improve the experience of both teachers and students.

Don’t miss the chance to register for a live demo of PLAYBuilder here.

If you are interested to learn more please don’t hesitate to reach us at digital@sportforlife.ca. For monthly updates relating to all Sport for Life content, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Engage your stakeholders with PLAYBuilder

What is PLAYBuilder?

PLAYBuilder is a cloud-based platform that was created to promote physical literacy, that hosts a wide range of online content. Since partnering with Momentum IT in 2018, we have helped our partners streamline and implement their quality sport content digitally. To date, we have curated pre-built physical literacy and quality sport content which includes +900 activities and +200 lesson plans. Whether you are a provincial, territory or municipal body it has never been easier to scale your digital sport programming and deliver your programs to your key stakeholders. Find out in this post how PLAYBuilder can help you easily digitize, create and share quality programs through Packs.

Packs – how PLAYBuilder can generate you revenue

For the foreseeable future, people will continue to be encouraged to stay at home. This necessitates access to at-home sport programs and activities. You can create your own activities, lesson plans, progressions and collections. Once you have established the appropriate physical literacy programming, aligned with the standards of your region, the next step is to create packs for distribution. These ‘Global Packs‘ are essentially your branded and packaged content that you can either distribute internally to colleagues, or externally to generate revenue. Take a look at some of the packs Sport for Life has created, which are displayed on our dashboard…

Don’t miss the chance to register for a live demo of PLAYBuilder here.

If you are interested to learn more please don’t hesitate to reach us at digital@sportforlife.ca. For monthly updates relating to all Sport for Life content, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Transform your club with PLAYBuilder

What is PLAYBuilder?

PLAYBuilder is a cloud-based platform that was created to promote physical literacy, that hosts a wide range of online content. Your coaches’ can choose from a wide range of Sport for Life activities or create their own content to share with your club’s members. The Sport for Life Society is recognized as the global experts on the Sport for Life Movement and the Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity framework. The purpose of Sport for Life is to be a catalyst to improve the quality of sport and to increase the development of physical literacy for everyone. PLAYBuilder makes it easy to streamline and manage all your content, which can enable coaches to easily implement their programs, all in one place.

Helping coaches create sport programming anywhere & anytime

Having a one-stop place for all your programming is crucial and can help streamline your sport programming. Here are some benefits that our coaches’ get excited about:

  • Centralized: It has never been easier to keep track of all your sporting content. Have all your coaches’ access and create their team’s programming from anywhere.
  • Tracking: You can stay updated on your coaches’ programming to ensure the ideal programming requirements are being met.
  • Choose what your users see: You can use User Notifications to direct your fellow coaches’ to the specific programming you want them to see. As you build out more content, you can easily toggle the visibility of certain programs for anyone by adjusting User Permissions.
  • Save time: Save time when onboarding new coaches by utilizing your built-out programs, year to year.

Favourite Feature – Creating Content

Although PLAYBuilder has hundreds of pre-built, sport specific activities, the beauty of PLAYBuilder is that coaches can create and run their own programming. Watch this 2 minute video to learn the basics on how to get started on creating content:

Want to build out complete programs for your club? Want to ensure quality sporting content is being delivered to your teams? Want to feel confident knowing your coaches’ are using the most up-to-date programming? Signing up for a digital solution is key to your success.

Don’t miss the chance to register for a live demo of PLAYBuilder here.

If you are interested to learn more please don’t hesitate to reach us at digital@sportforlife.ca. For monthly updates relating to all Sport for Life content, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Pivot your programming with PLAYBuilder

We are living through unprecedented times. As we can continue to adapt to living with this pandemic, the need to streamline and efficiently implement programs is paramount. PLAYBuilder can be the tool that provides your coaches’ sport programming from anywhere and anytime!

What is PLAYBuilder?

PLAYBuilder is a cloud-based platform that was created to promote physical literacy, that hosts a wide range of online content. Your coaches’ can choose from a wide range of Sport for Life activities or create their own content to share with your sport’s members. The Sport for Life Society is recognized as the global experts on the Sport for Life Movement and the Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity framework. The purpose of Sport for Life is to be a catalyst to improve the quality of sport and to increase the development of physical literacy for everyone. We make it easy to streamline and manage all your content, which can enable coaches to easily implement their programs, all in one place.

Helping coaches create sport programming anywhere & anytime

Long gone are the days of paper… switching to a fully digital platform is key for the future. Although coaches can access sporting content from sites such as YouTube, there is no ability to ensure the content is vetted for quality. Having a one-stop place for all your programming is crucial and can help streamline your sport programming. Here are some things for coaches and administrators to get excited about PLAYBuilder:

  • Centralized: With multiple teams and sports, it has never been easier to keep track of all your sporting content. Allow your coaches’ to access and create their team’s programming from anywhere.
  • Tracking: As administrators, you can stay updated on your coaches’ use of the platform by tracking their analytics, such as most active users, how many unique logins, and how much content is being created.
  • Choose what your users see: You can use User Notifications to direct your fellow coaches’ to the specific programming you want them to see. As you build out more content, send them notifications through the platform and/or to their email.
  • Save time: Save time when onboarding new coaches, by utilizing your built-out    programs, year to year.

Don’t miss the chance to register for a live demo of PLAYBuilder here.

If you are interested to learn more please don’t hesitate to reach us at digital@sportforlife.ca. For monthly updates relating to all Sport for Life content, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

PLAYBuilder keeps communities active

We are living through unprecedented times. As we can continue to adapt to living with this pandemic, the need to streamline and efficiently implement programs is paramount. Whether you’re pivoting your programs by: going virtual, reducing class sizes, or physically distancing indoors, PLAYBuilder is your digital solution.

Keeping communities active

PLAYBuilder can be your recreational tool to keep your member’s active and ultimately lead a healthier lifestyle during this pandemic. It was created with promoting physical literacy in mind. Although you have access to hundreds of pre-built Sport for Life activities, you can create your own content to share with your center’s members. We make it easy to streamline and manage all your content, which can enable instructors to easily implement their programs, all in one place. This tool can let your recreational staff share their sport programming from anywhere.

Why PLAYBuilder?

Whether your center has completely shut down or reduced hours and capacity there has never been a better time for a complete switch to digital sport programming. Find out some of the benefits our PLAYBuilder Partners tell us:

  • Adaptable: With many people at home, our intuitive and understandable user interface can make your programs easily accessible from home.
  • Cut down on costs: Save money by planning your programs months or years in advance. They are stored on the platform forever. Onboarding your new members is also quicker through digital means.
  • Go Mobile: For many instructors, the traditional way of organizing and running programs from paper is still in use. Have your instructors easily adjust and digitalize their programs on the go. Best of all, you cut down on paper.
  • We make digital programming easy: The switch to complete digital programming can be daunting, however it doesn’t have to be. Sport for Life provides tons of pre-built content, you can either use or add to, to keep your community members active at home. More on this below.

At-home digital programming

Our at-home digital programming, provides an excellent resource for families stuck at home. You have access to plenty of activities with video demonstrations, all pulled directly from PLAYBuilder. They were curated with the aim of promoting and building physical literacy for youth up to ages 12. It focuses on developing the fundamental movement skills: Body, Locomotor and Object Control and Manipulation. Get your members started on working these three developmental stages of physical literacy:

  • Active Start (ages 0-6): Make the activity FUN and part of the child’s daily routine.
  • FUNdamentals (ages 7-9): Continue developing movement skills, and having FUN on daily a basis.
  • Learn to Train (ages 10-12): Start building fundamental skills in a wide variety of sports.

Our very own Coach Jess, Sport for Life advisor, curated video demonstrations of every single activity. Check out this video for an in-depth look at building Locomotor skills at home:

A recreation perspective

We asked our longtime PLAYBuilder Partner: Why did you choose PLAYBuilder? What was the problem you had that you needed PLAYBuilder to solve?

“HRM chose PLAYBuilder because we helped to design it with municipal recreation in mind. We wanted “one-stop” shopping for our staff to be able to build lesson plans, built from vetted activities, that were developmentally appropriate. This did not exist until the PLAYBuilder was created.”- Damion Stapledon, Community Recreation Coordinator, Halifax Regional Municipality

We hope this post has given you a glimpse into how PLAYBuilder can keep your communities active during COVID-19. It is now important more than ever.

Don’t miss the chance to register for a live demo of PLAYBuilder here.

If you are interested to learn more please don’t hesitate to reach us at digital@sportforlife.ca. For monthly updates relating to all Sport for Life content, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Make it all possible with PLAYBuilder  

We are living through unprecedented times. As we can continue to adapt to living with this pandemic, the need to streamline and efficiently implement quality sport programming is paramount. Whether you’re pivoting your programs by: going virtual, reducing class sizes, or physically distancing indoors, PLAYBuilder is your digital solution.

A global reach

PLAYBuilder has helped organizations from all over the world implement and run their sport programming. This cloud-based platform has been adopted by our partners in countries including Canada, USA, British Virgin Island, Romania, Mexico, South Africa, Luxenberg, and Australia. It was created with one intent: to make it easier to promote physical literacy.

The Sport for Life Society is recognized as the global experts on the Sport for Life Movement and the Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity framework. The purpose of Sport for Life is to be a catalyst to improve the quality of sport and to increase the development of physical literacy for everyone.

Why PLAYBuilder?

Here are some of the benefits we hear from our partners using PLAYBuilder:

Benefits

  • Don’t reinvent the wheel: Why bother investing in an app, when the web-based white label platform has been already created for you?
  • Save time and money: Printing, updating and managing paper manuals is not only very costly, but it can also be an extremely lengthy process. Sport for Life offers this digital solution with competitive priced packages for your organization, while ensuring your users get onboarded to the platform fast.
  • Scale digital content across your organization: With more people working from home during the pandemic it’s imperative there is a one-stop place for all users and administrators to create and access content.
  • Intuitive platform that reduces training cost: Whether you’re a coach, teacher, or any other professional, PLAYBuilder is easy and intuitive to use. All our partners are offered ongoing virtual training to ensure everyone is comfortable.
  • Create or use pre-built content: Create all your sport programs in a simple and quick way or choose from hundreds of activities and lessons curated by our Sport for Life advisors. 

We hope this post has given you a glimpse into how PLAYBuilder can help you easily program your sporting content digitally and adapt to the new age during the pandemic. It has never been easier to digitize, create and share quality programs.

Don’t miss the chance to register for a live demo of PLAYBuilder here.

If you are interested to learn more please don’t hesitate to reach us at digital@sportforlife.ca. For monthly updates relating to all Sport for Life content, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Best PLAYBuilder features and programming for coaches and teachers

Coaches and teachers across the world know that time is precious and there is increasingly less of it in our daily lives. PLAYBuilder was created to be an all-encompassing programming and delivery tool to help solve the issue of time in sports and physical literacy programming. There are many features built into the system that help make life easier for coaches and teachers alike. This blog post will break down the top PLAYBuilder features in detail so you can easily understand how to best use the tool to your advantage when planning and running your lessons.

PLAYBuilder features for coaches and teachers

Best aspects of PLAYBuilder overall

PLAYBuilder has many different features that are beneficial for all users of PLAYBuilder (coaches and teachers included). These features help save time, make for better long-term planning, and can make for more dynamic physical literacy understanding for all involved. The top features to get excited about include:

  • Advanced searching – Search for any physical literacy and quality sport content with advanced filter criteria such as age, environment, development focus, and more. Sport for Life has built 900+ activities to choose from!
  • Playlists – Select the programs you enjoy and group them into folders for easy and tailored access.
  • Favorites – Star content to keep it on your dashboard for ideas later on.
  • Create-Your-Own – Make your own lesson plans, activities, progressions, or collections to tailor your programming even more.
  • Sharing – If you are an administrator, you have the ability to share lesson plans, activities, progressions, and packs with other people on your account.
  • Mobile-friendly – Lead programming directly from your phone or tablet. No more wasted paper!

Best PLAYBuilder feature for teachers

For teachers, one of the best aspects of PLAYBuilder is the pre-built content and the ability to organize it how you want. With over 900 activities and 250 lessons at your disposal, there is a lot to choose from! Content is broken down into Packs, which contain lesson plans, activities, progressions, and collections. One of the hardest things for teachers is to align programming with learning outcome goals. As well, understanding what the base physical literacy level of their class is to start with. Luckily, PLAYBuilder has the content built in that teachers need most to get started running the right programming at the right times for each grade level.

Assessments Content Pack for teachers

Sport for Life has developed two physical literacy assessment tools over the past years. PLAYfun and PLAYbasic are meant to improve the level of physical literacy for all. They are directed at individuals aged seven and up by determining gaps in physical literacy development, and provide calls-to-action to help improve these areas.

While these tools have existed on our physical literacy website, we are proud to announce that all PLAYBuilder clients now can have access to use them within the PLAYBuilder system. The packs include videos on what to look for from your participants, step-by-step instructions on how to run each assessment activity, and a grid to track participant development.

After the assessments are run, you can search which content in PLAYBuilder matches the needs of your participants (ie. if the class is lacking balance skills, then you can run a balance lesson for your specific age range).

Physical literacy assessment in action with PLAYtools

Grade 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-10 Content Packs for teachers

These four content packs develop age-appropriate physical literacy for grades 1-10 and can be extremely helpful in understanding what to run and at what times. Pick and choose from 650 activities and over 130 lesson plans that will be perfect for the ages range you are teaching. From object manipulation skills, balance activities, volleyball and soccer drills, and other fun games, these content packs have everything you need as a teacher to be able to run quality programming for your specific age range focus. Save yourself time by using these activities as your base to start from for grade-specific physical literacy programming. Remember, you can always add activities to your own playlists to re-order lesson plans and activities in the order that fits your needs!

Pro tip: Click the purple “Collection” for each grade you are focused on to get a full list of lesson plans to run in order for 20+ straight classes.

Best PLAYBuilder feature for coaches

In contrast to the more general physical literacy training run by physical education teachers, coaches tend to prefer programming specific to their exact sport once a broad range of basic skills have been acquired by their participants. PLAYBuilder also has a solution for that: the ability to create your own programming! While there is a good mix of sport-specific programming built into PLAYBuilder, it would be impossible to build exact programming for every sport-specific group in the world. That’s why there’s the ability to add your own content in addition to the content that Sport for Life has made.

How to create your own lesson plans for coaching

Lesson plans can be created using any of the activities found within the PLAYBuilder Tool. Staff can create lesson plans specific to their program needs or requirements by selecting activities through the search menu. Lesson plans are divided into 5 sections; Overview, Introduction, Warm-Up, Skill Lessons & Activities, and Cool Down. You have the option to create the following information for each lesson plan in addition to selecting activities:

  • Title and description of lesson plan
  • Overview of the lesson plan
  • Introduction to the lesson plan
  • Water breaks or notes/reminders to staff
  • Any activity specific or lesson plan specific safety considerations

You also have the ability to add videos, pictures, supporting PDF documents as well to ensure that you’ve got everything you need to coach through PLAYBuilder. Watch our full step-by-step video of how to create content below.

Best warm-up options for coaches

Coaches often struggle to find warm-up options that get participants properly moving before practice. Within PLAYBuilder, you have access to dozens of unique warm-up drills in our Movement Prep series. These 44 activities are pre-loaded with video examples, clear instructions, and are broken down into skill level so you can be sure your teams are doing what they need to prior to practice or games.

Physical literacy movement preparation is movement that focuses on incorporating and improving fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills into activity. It prepares the body for movement and enhances the way you move for short-term and long-term benefits. Movement Preparation improves the way you move, which reduces the risk of injury during physical activity. It also teaches skills that will benefit participation in unfamiliar activities.

Movement preparation that is geared toward physical literacy – focusing on the techniques that improve and incorporate fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills – can also foster a more physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Warming up with Movement Prep physical literacy in PLAYBuilder

If you tried out PLAYBuilder and ran an activity or two, let us know how it went in the comments below!

If you are new to PLAYBuilder and do not yet have an account with us, request a demo today and we will show you everything you need to know to get up and running quickly with your physical literacy programming.

How to easily shift from hard copy to paperless physical literacy lesson plans

It is common for coaches, teachers, and leaders in general to run sports and physical literacy programming from a printed version. This is how things have been done for many years. However, things are changing quickly in the digital age and people are starting to run more and more programs directly from their phones or tablets. This blog post will outline the benefits of running lesson plans from a mobile device as well as tips to make your transition from paper to digital smooth and simple.

Using digital physical literacy lesson plans instead of paper copy

Paper vs. Digital Lesson Plans

Paper lesson plans have been used in sports for many years. It is a tried and true method that lots of coaches and teachers still feel comfortable with today. A club soccer coach who was coaching 15 years ago would have never thought of the possibility to have his lessons available at the swipe of his finger to scroll through. A high school physical education teacher may have been used to printing off every single lesson plan for the week on Monday morning before school started. A college basketball coach may have had his assistants each get a copy of the practice plan for the day for every day of the year. This was just how things were done 15 years ago and before.

However, since the iPhone and iPad were released in 2007, there has been a massive shift towards digital solutions in the sports and physical literacy realm. Apps and web-based programs have taken over the world in one of the fastest trends we’ve ever seen in human history. Now, data travels at speeds never before seen and new information is available at the click of a button. Coaches, teachers, and leaders running sports and physical literacy programming are now getting into the digital flow of information with technologies such as PLAYBuilder. These technologies help make life easier in many ways!


Pros and cons of hard-copy lesson plans

Although hard-copy lesson plans are becoming outdated, there still are many pros. Lets take a look at the potential positives and negatives of this style of leading:

Pros:

  • Comfort level for leaders who have used it their whole career
  • Can be folded and put in pocket while coaching
  • Can be written on with pen

Cons:

  • Uses a lot of paper / can be wasteful
  • Copies are not editable for future adjustments
  • If something changes, managing edits can take a long time
  • Not easily managed for sending to large groups
  • Bulkier than mobile devices
  • No ability to show videos on paper
Coach using paper copy lesson plan

Pros and cons of digital lesson plans

By contrast, digital lesson plans also have their own set of positives and negatives.

Pros:

  • Light and mobile
  • Easily adjust lesson plans for large groups in short notice
  • Store lesson plans and activities in one spot for quick access and adjust over time
  • Show videos directly on screen
  • Easily step through each part of your lesson

Cons:

  • Can get wet and damaged if raining / muddy
  • If you have multiple leaders running the lesson at once, then all leaders must have a mobile device with them
  • Some leaders are not comfortable with technology yet over paper

How to switch from paper to digital lesson plans

As you can see above, there are many pros for switching over to digital lesson plans. If the pros outweigh the cons for you and your organization, then there are a few strategies to ensure that everyone running lesson plans from their tablet or mobile phone are comfortable with the switch and can get even more out of their everyday coaching or teaching than they used to with paper copies

Step 1: Invest in an online lesson planning tool

To get the most out of your digital experience, it is really important to use a tool that makes it easy to store your lesson plans and update them as needed for your whole coaching or teaching staff at one time. Why reinvent the wheel when it’s already been created for you? PLAYBuilder is the best tool available online that will allow you to use pre-built lesson plans in conjunction with activities and lessons that you want to build on your own. With over 900 activities and 250 lessons, there is a lot to get excited about for your switch to digital!

Step 2: Get your staff trained

It’s important to have a training day with your staff to ensure everyone is comfortable with how to use your software and all the features and pre-built content they have access to. PLAYBuilder offers virtual training sessions when you come on board as a new client. This can be in conjunction with an in-person training that you offer your staff to get everyone on the same page quickly. The get your group training set up, just reach out to digital@sportforlife.ca

Step 3: Try it out

When it comes to digital technologies, the best thing to do it just try it! Click buttons, try a couple programs, favorite activities and lessons that appeal to you, try creating an activity of your own. The physical literacy world is at your fingertips! PLAYBuilder is extremely intuitive and once you try it for 10 minutes, you will see how easy it is to pick up and run with your digital lesson planning.

Step 4: Make it a habit

There will be times that you feel a paper lesson plan would be easier for your situation. But if that ever is the case, just think to yourself about the long-term benefits of using digital lesson plans and how much easier it is to track, change, and organize your lessons for years to come. Going digital can mean taking your organizations lesson planning to the next level. Commit to it and see the positive changes in the short-term as well as long-term for the children and youth in your programs!

Volleyball team celebrating after coach used a tablet to show the lesson plan

If you tried out PLAYBuilder and ran an activity or two, let us know how it went in the comments below!

If you are new to PLAYBuilder and do not yet have an account with us, request a demo today and we will show you everything you need to know to get up and running quickly with your physical literacy programming.

How to find the physical literacy programming you need faster through PLAYBuilder

Quality sport and physical literacy programming can be hard to come by. There are many lesson plans and activities out there on digital platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Pinterest, and other physical activity-specific websites. However, the majority of those programs have not been vetted for quality by physical literacy experts. Luckily, PLAYBuilder has over 900 activities that you can pick up and use from your mobile device at a moments notice. You won’t have to worry about making sure your programs are high quality! This blog post outlines how easy it is to find the physical literacy programming you need quickly through PLAYBuilder.

how to find physical literacy programming fast on PLAYBuilder
Physical literacy development through martial arts

Step 1: Explore Content

In PLAYBuilder, there is a feature to search for the content you need. No matter if you are looking for a specific sport, age range, or development focus, you can find what you need in “Explore Content”. In your dashboard, all you have to do is navigate to the top right of your homepage and and click “Explore Content” and then “Search”. This will bring you to the in-depth search page where you can start entering the desired criteria you are looking for.

How to search for content on playbuilder

Step 2: Enter your search criteria

Once you’ve clicked “Explore Content”, it’s now time to enter the search criteria you would like to find. You have numerous options here and can keep it as simple or as broad as you would like. For instance, you could be looking for a Balance Lesson Plan which is 30 minutes or less for ages 1-6 and can be run in a classroom. Or, you could just be looking for a list of possible Balance activities. Either way, you can enter your criteria in the dropdown menus provided and find what you need for your physical literacy and quality sport programming. Below is a list of all the category fields you can choose from. Each category has multiple dropdown options beneath it:

  • Content Source – ie. where the content came from. This can be your organization who created content or Sport for Life.
  • Sport – choose from many different individual sport options.
  • Can be used as – Are you looking for a warm-up? Skill lesson? Activity? Choose it here.
  • Min Time – The minimum amount of time you have to run an activity.
  • Max Time – The minimum amount of time you have to run an activity.
  • With Video – Select this checkbox if you only want to see content with video in it.
  • With PDF – Select this checkbox if you only want to see content with PDFs in them.
  • Min Age – The minimum age of participants you are running programming for.
  • Max Age – The maximum age of participants you are running programming for.
  • Adaptation – Choose from many adaptive programming options to meet the needs of all your participants.
  • Stage of Athletic Development – Choose between Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, Train to Train, Train to Compete, Train to Win, and Active for Life.
  • Skill Level – Pick you choice between beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert levels of programming.
  • Fundamental Movement Skills – Choose one or more skills you would like to focus on. The categories are Body, Locomotor, and Object Control & Manipulation with dozens of sub-options within each category.
  • Physical Capabilities – Select the physical capabilities of your participants.
  • Sport-Specific Skills – If you are coaching a sport that has skills outside of the fundamental movement skills, then you can choose from a pre-made list or request additions to the current list in relation to your sport.
  • Life Skills – Choose between various life skills that include health, safety, social, personal responsibility, and many others.
  • Psychological – Here, you can take your pick of finding programming related to confidence, respect, motivation, trust, understanding, working with others, and more!
  • Cultural and Spiritual – Your options here include things like Connection to the Land, Traditional Foods, and more.
  • Physical Education Standards – Choose between standards set out across different provinces which connect to learning outcomes.
  • Environment – Only have access to a certain area for your programming? Choose between field, classroom, gym and more to get programming that fits your exact situation at the moment.
  • Equipment – If you only have access to certain equipment, you can also choose between hundreds of equipment tags that relate to activities and lessons in PLAYBuilder.

Again, with all of these options, you can choose one tag to focus on or as many as you wish. It all depends on how in-depth you want to go with your searching for programming!

Search criteria on PLAYBuilder

Step 3: Choose the physical literacy programming you want to run

Now that you’ve chosen your search criteria, it’s time to choose your activities, lessons, progressions, or collections that suit what you need! There will be a list of content that fits the criteria you searched for, all colour-coded so you can understand what is included faster. For instance, a green-coloured icon is an activity. Blue stands for progressions. Red stands for Lesson plan. And purple stands for Collection. Depending on what kind of programming you are looking for, simply click one of the icons, read through what content is included, and try it out for yourself! You can click “Live Coach” which will step you through the programming on your mobile device or computer. Alternatively, you can also click “PDF” which will generate a printable version of your chosen content.

Finding activities on PLAYBuilder

Good luck with picking a program that is right for you in PLAYBuilder!

If you tried out PLAYBuilder and ran an activity or two, let us know how it went in the comments below!

If you are new to PLAYBuilder and do not yet have an account with us, request a demo today and we will show you everything you need to know to get up and running quickly with your physical literacy programming.

How to get kids participating in physical activities through PLAYBuilder

Sport and physical activity are helpful for developing individuals and society as a whole. The benefits of physical activity are recognized across the world for their positive contribution to well-being. This can come through recreational sport that is more unstructured, active living, free play, and structured sport. However, even though there is a wide understanding that these benefits exist, it can sometimes be hard to motivate kids to get moving. PLAYBuilder, in conjunction with the right mentality and approach, can help solve this problem in a rapidly growing digital world.

how to get kids participating in physical activities
Children participating in physical activity in a nursery setting

Definition of Physical Literacy

“Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”
– The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014

Physical literacy is the building blocks of an active lifestyle. If leaders are able to get children being active the right way from a young age, then there is a high likelihood that they will be active for their entire lives. Long-Term Development includes three main early development stages: Active StartFUNdamentals, and Learn to Train. PLAYBuilder comes with content aligned with these stages of development so you can run quality lessons quickly and easily. These lessons are meant to be both fun and developmentally appropriate for the children and kids participating in them.

Definition of physical literacy
Kids participating in a bean bag race, developing their physical literacy

Why children can be unmotivated to participate

Although it is easy to run lesson plans through PLAYBuilder, it does not guarantee that all participants will want to join in on the fun. Like with any environment of learning, there will be times when some kids don’t want to participate. This can happen for various reasons, some of which include:

  • Social factors – Kids don’t want to be different from each other. Perhaps the uninvolved child feels “weird” participating.
  • Skills deficit – There is a chance that the child is not at the same level of physical literacy development as the majority of the class and thus is nervous to try.
  • Boredom – The kids may be bored with participating in an activity. Maybe it has been done too many times the same way?
  • Child with a disability – There are many potential disabilities that could make a child feel uncomfortable participating with their peers.

Motivation tips for disengaged kids

As a leader, there will be times when your participant(s) will not want to take part in activities. This can be due to various factors and is especially common in younger children. We’ve put together 7 tips to get your kids participating in your PLAYBuilder lessons more consistently!

  1. Praise efforts, not results – Frame activities as being about trying your best rather than winning or losing
  2. Mix it up – Kids are more interested when there are varying activities throughout the lessons and not a routine of the same thing every time
  3. Ask questions – If participants are asked about what they learned at the end of each lesson, they are more likely to feel a deeper connection to it the next time
  4. Let them pick – It’s ok to let your participants decide which games to play from time to time. The nice thing about PLAYBuilder is that all lessons are vetted for quality physical literacy activities so no matter what you choose, your participants will benefit!
  5. Offer take-home challenges – If your participants liked the skills they learned that day, then offer simple games they can do at home to keep improving. There are many options to choose from in the PLAYBuilder grade-specific content packs.
  6. Make it FUN – The activities in PLAYBuilder are meant to develop physical literacy while also keeping it fun for participants. Make them your own by customizing your wording based on what you know your participants like. For instance, in the “Alphabet Balance”, you could have them spell funny animal names if you know they like animals!
  7. Celebrate small wins – If a participant is shy and does something well (like great throwing form for example), vocally support them by saying “great job” specifically to them in front of the group. This will motivate them to keep participating while also letting the class know of the proper technique that one of their colleagues is doing.
Children developing physical literacy skills through PLAYBuilder
Children trying hula hoop and developing physical literacy skills

If you tried out PLAYBuilder and ran an activity or two, let us know how it went in the comments below!

If you are new to PLAYBuilder and do not yet have an account with us, request a demo today and we will show you everything you need to know to get up and running quickly with your physical literacy programming.