Reading animal books with tamariki can be a fun and interactive way to teach them about different creatures. It helps develop a positive attitude towards reading and learning. It’s a fun, simple activity that will promote early language learning.
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.
How to do it
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
|E rua ngā waewae
|E whā ngā waewae
|To jump or leap
|He aha te tangi o tēnei kararehe?
|What noise does this animal make?
|Bark like a dog
|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?