Here are some easy activities you can do around the house with your toddler
Why do it?
- Home is the first learning place, and the whānau are a child’s first teachers.
- Children don’t always need special learning activities. Simple everyday household activities and routines can provide learning experiences in a familiar environment.
- Having someone nearby who loves them and who’s caring and nurturing is the most important thing for a child’s learning and development.
- Whatever parents and toddlers are doing together using parallel talk, self-talk and stretch talk will promote the toddlers language development.
How to do it
Here are some ‘around the house’ activity ideas:
- Assemble a basket or container of 3–4 items that can easily be taken around the house. A toddler can play with them when parents are doing household chores. This could involve the pull-along toy activity.
- Revisit the child’s kitchen drawer and put some new kitchen things in for them to explore, such as containers with lids, and some other objects that will fit into the containers.
- Buy or make a soft and light ball for a toddler to throw, chase after or aim into a big container. It could be made from foam, or you can make one with scrunched up paper and tape, or use a rolled up pair of socks.
- Ask the toddler to find something and bring it to you.
- Play ‘talking on the phone’ with a toddler, using 2 blocks as your pretend phones.
- Sing and dance to music.
- Find a tin or container (with any rough edges taped or sanded smooth) and stand pegs up on the edge for your toddler to take off and put in the tin — this is a good activity when you’re hanging up washing.
- Watch out in case pegs start going in the mouth and might accidently pinch lips or tongue.
- When outside, and only when supervised, have just a few centimetres of water in a container and a selection of things that float or sink, such as a cork, block, peg, leaf, twig and shell.
- Make sure any items used in these activities won’t fit inside a paper towel tube, so they aren’t small enough to be choking hazards.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Kāinga kāinga Home, address, residence, village, settlement, habitation, habitat, dwelling Maori | Noun||Home|
|Pune pune Spoon (cutlery) Maori | Noun||Spoon|
|Kumete kumete Bowl, trough, wooden bowl, serving bowl Maori | Noun||Bowl|
|Paoro paoro Ball Maori | Noun||Ball|
|Mea mea Thing, object, property, one, reason, thingumajig, thingy, thingummy, whatcha-me-call-it, what-d'you-call-it, the one, that thing, whatsit - a word used to replace the name of something, often when a speaker has momentarily forgotten the correct word. It may function as a personal name, a location word, a noun or a verb (see other sub entries) Maori | Noun||Thing|
|Kete kete Basket, kit Maori | Noun||Basket|
|Pēke pēke Bag, sack, pack. Maori | Noun||Sack|
|Pouaka pouaka Box Maori | Noun||Box|
|Takawiri takawiri To twist, screw, wring Maori | Verb||Cork|
|Rau rau Leaf, frond, plume, spray, feather. Maori | Noun||Leaf|
|Rākau rākau Tree, stick, timber, wood, plant Maori | Noun||Stick|
|Angaanga angaanga Shell Maori | Noun||Shell|
|Kōhatu kōhatu Stone, rock Maori | Noun||Stone|
|Mātiti mātiti Peg, wedge - for tightening or securing something Maori | Noun||Peg|
|Teretere teretere To float, flow, run, drift Maori | Verb||Float|
|Totohu totohu To sink Maori | Verb||Sink|
|Kōrero kōrero To tell, say, speak, read, talk, address Maori | Verb||Talk, communicate|
|Pātai pātai To ask, question, enquire, cross-examine, provoke, challenge Maori | Verb||Question|
|Mahia pēnei||Do it like this|
|Kia tūpato||Be careful|
|Titiro mai||Look here|
|Homai tēnā||Give that (thing) here|
|He aha kei roto i te pouaka?||What is inside the box?|
|He aha kei roto i te pēke?||What is inside the bag?|