Wriggle and Rhyme

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Free Wriggle & Rhyme, Active Movement for Early Learning sessions at your local library during the school term!

 Active Movement is a Sport New Zealand (former SPARC) initiative which aims to provide positive movement experiences to stimulate development of both the brain and the body. Each session will be based on the Active Movement set of 14 activity guides using a range of music and movement. 


Libraries are working with the Auckland Council and Regional Sports Trust to provide Wriggle & Rhyme sessions across the greater Auckland region with the focus mainly for babies from birth to two years.


Movement is a child’s first language, so it is important to provide babies with whole body movements’ right from birth.  Parents and caregivers are invited to take part in these free weekly sessions at their local library, where they can also learn skills to put into practice at home.

 While the activities are generally for babies, older pre-schoolers are also welcome to attend Wriggle & Rhyme sessions, and will benefit too.

 54 community libraries are taking part in the Wriggle & Rhyme programmes across the greater Auckland region.

Programme times and date available here


Wriggle & Rhyme programme Wins 2011 NZ Sport & Recreation Award 

A programme promoting active movement for under-two year olds in Auckland libraries has won a New Zealand Sport and Recreation Award. 

The Wriggle & Rhyme active movement for early learning programme last night won the Project Collaboration Award at the 2011 NZ Sport & Recreation Awards.    

The award recognises the unique partnership between Auckland Libraries, Sport Auckland, Sport Waitakere, Counties Manukau Sport and Harbour Sport, which has enabled children and their parent/caregivers to participate in Wriggle & Rhyme programmes in libraries across the Auckland region.  

The Wriggle & Rhyme sessions are based on Sport and Recreation New Zealand’s (SPARC) Active Movement initiative which aims to provide positive movement experiences to stimulate development of both the brain and body among youngsters.    

The theory is that movement is a child’s first language, so it is important to provide babies with whole body movements right from birth. 

Parents and caregivers also join in and can learn fundamental movement skills and fun movement activities to put in to practice at home.   

"Wriggle & Rhyme is one of our most effective programmes.  It aligns with the role of libraries in supporting reading, literacy and learning for all ages, and it helps build strong communities,” says Allison Dobbie, Libraries and Information Manager, Auckland Council.

The programme evolved from Sport Auckland’s Active Movement for Babies pilot programme and was first introduced in Auckland in 2008. 

The partnership between the four regional sports trusts and a grant from SPARC enabled the programme to be expanded and it is now delivered in 50 libraries across greater Auckland. 

Ashlie Gauld, Special Projects Manager of Sport Auckland says the success of the project is due to the innovation and hard work that each partner organisation has contributed.  

“All partners look forward to seeing Wriggle & Rhyme continue to evolve and develop, getting more young children and their parents/caregivers participating every week.” 

In its first year Wriggle & Rhyme saw more than 70,000 participants ( children and caregivers) across 50 Auckland libraries.  Since then the number of participants have continued to grow.

The programme has now been introduced successfully in other areas of New Zealand. 

You can find out more about Wriggle & Rhyme sessions by visiting your  local library or by going to www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz or go to www.sparc.org.nz to find out about more active movement.

Key Partners:

SPARC Sport New Zealand Toyota ASB Trust Hart Sport Auckland Council John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation New Zealand Community Trust