Video: Leeds tots get wiggling to celebrate love of books

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Youngsters across the city enjoyed a giggle and a wiggle during an unusual fundraising challenge.

Tots from Moortown Day Nursery and West Lea Park Day Nursery in Tingley were among tens of thousands of children around the UK who took part in yesterday’s Giant Wiggle.

Little ones at West Lea Park Day Nursery bring The Very Hungry Caterpillar to life.

Little ones at West Lea Park Day Nursery bring The Very Hungry Caterpillar to life.

The sponsored event, run by Action for Children and The World of Eric Carle, saw under-fives wiggle around in giant caterpillar conga lines. As well as raising money for charity, the project aimed to feed youngsters’ imaginations through storytelling and creative activities.

Debbie Hemingway, nursery manager at West Lea Park Day Nursery, said little ones had also enjoyed The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed games involving literacy and numeracy skills, before tucking into a special caterpillar cake.

She said: “It brought all the areas of learning into the nursery in a fun way.”

Last year’s Giant Wiggle saw more than 32,000 children take part, raising £80,000 to support vulnerable children, young people and families. And event organiser Action for Children is already backing the YEP’s Get Leeds reading campaign.

We have joined forces with literacy charity Beanstalk and are calling for an army of 50 YEP readers to sign up as volunteers – to provide pupils with one-to-one reading support.

We are also urging families to ensure they spend 10 minutes a day reading with children.

Contact westyorkshire@beanstalkcharity.org.uk – telephone 0845 450 0344 or go to www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk.