Motivation and enjoyment includes a child’s beliefs about their movement competencies. If a child perceives their movement ability to be poor or not as good as other children, then the child may be less likely to participate in physical activity. For young children, we need to rely on their behaviour to complete these areas. Children with low confidence in their movement abilities are more tentative in their movements. They might require more encouragement or want to hold onto you when trying something new. In contrast, children with more confidence are more open to trying new and creative types of movements. We also look at whether a child selects physical activities or more sedentary activities when given a choice (e.g. free play). Finally, it is important that physical activity is enjoyable. If the child does not view movement skills and physical activity as fun, it is unlikely the child will persist or participate over time.
Assessing Motivation and Enjoyment
Motivation and Enjoyment are assessed using four items. Each item includes a statement and asks the degree that it reflects the child.
Compared to children the same age, do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
When participating in active games and play that use a variety of different movement competencies, the child often seems confident in his/her abilities.