Have fun while reading with your toddler
Why do it?
- Small children find animals, and the noises animals make, interesting.
- Sharing a book about animals can be an interactive game when whānau make the animal noises for the toddler.
- Having fun when book sharing will help a toddler have a positive attitude towards books and reading.
You'll need an animal book .
- Rent one from the library or get crafty and make your own paper or an old notebook.
- Make sure any staples are well taped over to avoid any sharp ends piercing skin.
- Cut animal pictures from old magazines or draw them yourself.
- When sharing the animal book with a toddler, make the noises each animal makes.
- After plenty of repetitions, see if the toddler can make the animal sounds. However, don’t make it a test if they’re unsure — just answer the question yourself.
- Keep the activity playful and fun.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Pukapuka pukapuka Book Maori | Noun||Book|
|Ngēru ngeru Cat, Felis catus - introduced as a pet, feral cats are now also widespread Maori | Noun||Cat|
|Kurī kurī Dog, animal with four legs, quadruped Maori | Noun||Dog|
|Kau kau Cow Maori | Noun||Cow|
|Poaka poaka Pig, swine, hog Maori | Noun||Pig|
|Manu manu Bird - any winged creature including bats, cicadas, butterflies, etc. Maori | Noun||Bird|
|Hōiho hōiho Horse. Maori | Noun||Horse|
|Kiore kiore Rat, Rattus exulans - also used for the larger brown Norway rat or pouhawaiki (Rattus norvegicus), the black ship rat (Rattus rattus) and the house mouse (Mus musculus) Maori | Noun||Mouse|
|Karoro karoro Seagull, southern black-backed gull, Larus dominicanus - a common large gull with a heavy bill. Body plumage entirely white except for wings and back which are black above. Bill is yellow, eyelid orange-red and iris white. Legs and feet are olive. Young bird in its first winter has a black bill, dark brown feet and is mottled below and barred above grey and brown (see illustration) Maori | Noun||Seagull|
|Tuatara tuatara Tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus - an endemic reptile with baggy skin and spines down the back. Because of their spiritual association with the atua Whiro, whose realm was of things evil, tuatara and geckos were feared Maori | Noun||Tuatara|
|Taika taika Tiger Maori | Noun||Tiger|
|Raiona raiona Lion Maori | Noun||Lion|
|Tuahuru tuahuru Hairy, shaggy, rough Maori | Modifier||Hair, shaggy|
|E rua ngā waewae||Two legs|
|E whā ngā waewae||Four legs|
|Tūpeketia tūpeketia To jump, leap Maori | Verb||To jump or leap|
|He aha te tangi o tēnei kararehe?||What noise does this animal make?|
|Whakatau whakatau To bark Maori | Verb||Bark like a dog|
|Koekoe koekoe To squeak, scream, squawk, cry (of birds and animals) Maori | Verb||Squeak or squawk like a bird or animal|
|He aha tāna kai o tēnei kararehe?||What does this animal eat?|
|He pai ki ā koe te pānui pukapuka?||Do you like to read books?|