Why do it?

Blocks and building provide opportunities to:

  • solve problems
  • explore balance
  • use hand–eye co-ordination
  • use language
  • work/play with others
  • use imagination
  • be creative.

How to do it

  • A set of blocks is a great present for a child at this age.
  • Otherwise, source timber offcuts and collect boxes, cardboard rolls, plastic pottles and lids.
  • Let your child explore with the items freely.
  • When they start to build, ask them what they need. Encourage and support them.
  • Play dough and tape can be used to stick pieces together.

Using more te reo Māori

Ngā rākau Blocks
Whare Building
Pouaka Box
Pourewa Tower
Whare karakia Church
Karāti Garage
Pakitara Wall
Papa Floor
Tatau Door
Matapihi Window
Arapiki Stairs
Arahanga A bridge
Hanga(ia) To build
Whakatautika(tia) To balance
Kere pokepoke Playdough
Ngā paepae Containers
Taka Fall
Piri Stick, adhere
Kohia ētahi... Collect some...
Hōmai te... Give/pass me the...
Mauria mai te... Bring me the...
Me pēnei Do it like this...
Kia tūpato Be careful
Titiro mai Look here