In this section you will find links to resources, websites and articles that will help you gain more understanding around movement, play, physical activity and the importance of it for children’s (aged 0-12 years)  development.

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Active Movement Activity Guides

A variety of brochures containing games and activities for different areas of development for…

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Active Movement Videos

Watch and learn from Sport New Zealand's Active Movement Advisor Gill Connell.…

Boys Playing Outside

Active Play Guidelines for Under Fives

Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives. 

This document…

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Raising Children

The New Zealand Government in partnership with a number of organisations have…

Catching activities under 5s

Moving to Learn

Making the connection between movement, music, learning and play (birth to 3…

School Abacus

Getting Ready for School

An overview of the important stages of physical development that a child…

Building Blocks

"M" is for Monkey Bars: Getting Ready for Writing

Research Article

Hanging on monkey bars, climbing trees, and tug-of-war are all valuable…

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Does your Child W-Sit?

Research Article

We have tracked down a really good article that explains why…

Under 5 Fundamental Movement Skills v2

Movement Skill Intervention

Research Article

Research done in Australia where they tracked children over a three…

Monkey Bars

What is it about the Monkey Bars?

Research Article

While this research was completed in New Zealand back in 2007…

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Under 5s and Sport?

Research article

We often get asked about what sorts of activities children under…

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Have a Ball Together


Physical activity is essential to healthy child development, and the early years…



SportStart helps you deliver innovative physical literacy programmes by providing you with…

KiwiSport RPF Funding Round recipients

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills

The ‘Developing Fundamental Movement Skills’ resource uses play and simple activities to…

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The KiwiDex manual provides a range of ideas and games for teachers…

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Physical Activity Leaders (PALs)

Wanting to develop a leadership programme with your senior students? The PALs resource…

Balance is Better

Balance is Better

Young people need balance. Rather than pressuring them to perform, they’ll do…

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Good Practice Principles: Children and Young People

Sport New Zealand has recently published “Good Practice Principles: Children and Young…

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Designed to Move

'What if we hit the tipping point in life expectancy? What if…

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What is Physical Literacy?

Active For Life has put together some great information around raising physically…