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Active movement activity guides for children 0-5 years

18 May 2014

Brochures providing a variety of fun activities to get little children moving.

These resources are also available in te reo.

Introduction

How to encourage your children to become active.

Active movement: an introduction (PDF)

Sun, safety and nutrition

Why it's important to be careful in the sun and how to apply sunscreen properly. It also includes helpful information on other issues like smoke-free environments, nutrition and safety.

Sun, safety and nutrition (PDF)

Developing hands and fingers

Why developing hands and fingers is important for children and includes fun activities for newborns and infants, toddlers and young children.

Developing hands and fingers (PDF)

Developing self-esteem

Why your child’s self esteem is important and includes fun activities for newborns and infants, toddlers and young children.

Developing self-esteem through active movement (PDF)

Walking, running and jumping

Research shows that allowing your child to walk in their own time is important. This brochure includes fun activities for toddlers and young children when they are walking, running and jumping.

Walking, running and jumping (PDF)

Developing language

Quality physical movement can improve language development. This brochure includes fun activities for newborns and infants, toddlers and young children.

Developing language through active movement (PDF)

Massage and touch

Infants learn from touch, and massage is good for you and your child. This brochure explains why and includes fun activities for newborns and infants, toddlers and young children.

Massage and touch (PDF)

Eyes need to move too!

Fun activities that develop eye movement in newborns and infants, toddlers and young children.

Eyes need to move too! (PDF)

Upper body development

Information on the development of strong muscles in the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Includes fun activities for newborns and infants, toddlers and young children.

Upper body development: climbing, hanging and swinging (PDF)

Songs, rhymes and finger plays

Music and singing can help your child's development.

Songs, rhymes and finger plays (PDF)

Tummy time, rolling and crawling

These movements are a vital part of your children's development.

Tummy time, rolling and crawling (PDF)

Balance

Movement such as swinging, spinning and rocking helps develop your child's sense of balance.

Balance: swinging, spinning and rocking (PDF)

Catching, throwing and kicking

Why playing with a ball or moving object is important.

Catching, throwing and kicking (PDF)

Using the environment

This brochure explains that using the environment is important.

Using the environment (PDF)

Acknowledgments

Sport New Zealand developed all of the brochures included in this section in consultation with parents and caregivers, educators, and key organisations such as Plunket, the National Heart Foundation, NZ Gymnastics and the Ministries of Health and Education.

Many of the activities and ideas in these brochures have been sourced from 'Moving to Learn' by Robyn Crowe and Gill Connell.

 

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