New Active Play resources to help young children sit less, move more and sleep well

News article

11 May 2018

The Ministry of Health has launched a package of free online resources aimed at getting children aged five and under to play regularly and have quality sleep.

The Active Play resources, which were announced by Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa in Auckland, communicate how important it is for young children to sit less, move more and sleep well. It’s essential that children establish these behaviours when they’re young as these are the foundations for a healthy life.  

The Active Play resources complement the Ministry’s Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives and are uniquely themed for New Zealand children and whānau, using a kaupapa Māori approach to communicate the key messages. The resources include a downloadable waiata and oriori, and posters written in both te reo Māori and English. There is also a karakia and two downloadable videos available on moving like mokomoko (lizard) and pūngāwerewere (spiders). 

The Ministry worked closely with Toi Tanagata to develop the Active Play resources. Toi Tangata is a Māori Agency committed to developing and delivering kaupapa Māori-based approaches to health.  

Read more about and download the Active Play resources at Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play resources.

Read the Associate Minister's media release on the Beehive website.