Activity: Children under 5 years

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Key points to remember

  • activity is just as important for babies as it is for older children
  • by helping infants, toddlers and young children to get active, we help them to learn and grow

Active Movement

Sport NZ has developed Active Movement / Koringa Hihiko to get more infants, toddlers and young children more active.
You can find out more about the thinking behind Active Movement in the introductory booklet on the Sport NZ website. The introductory booklet is available in English and Māori:
If you'd like copies of the activity guides you can:

Where to go for more information

Sport New Zealand (NZ)
Sport NZ is dedicated to getting New Zealanders moving. That means everything from supporting elite athletes to getting out into local communities and encouraging people to get active.
See the Sport NZ website for:
  • Ages 0 - 5 years
    Children learn from movement and physical activity. It is important for healthy brain development that children move. Early childhood experiences are critical to the development of the skills, attitudes and confidence required to become an active participant in sport and recreation in later life
  • Active Movement resources
    The Active Movement brochures show how easy it is to incorporate quality physical activity into your children's lives - there are brochures about balancing, walking, tummy time, climbing and more


This page last reviewed 16 July 2013
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