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Explore the outdoors with your tamariki, they love to be outside.

Why do it?

  • Use large and small muscles while in the fresh air.
  • Talk about how things are the same or different, bigger or smaller.
  • Encourage more complex conversations and use language that helps to expand their thinking and their vocabulary.
  • To give them opportunities to practise hand-eye co-ordination skills.

How to do it

Kei i a koe: He kōata whakarahi, ō kōhatu koi rānei

You might have: A magnifying glass or you can use your bionic eyes

  1. Haere ki waho ki ngā wāhi e mōhio ana koe he ngāngara kei reira – kei raro toka, kei ngā kohinga rau rākau, keria rānei he rua ki tō māra.
    Head outside to places you might have seen bugs – under rocks or inleaf piles, or dig a hole in your garden.
  2. Āta mātakitakihia ngā ngāngara – he koemi, he tūoma rānei? Ka kaute 1, 2, 3, 4 …
    Watch the bugs carefully – do they wriggle or scuttle? Count them 1,2,3,4…
  3. Ina mutu ana koe, whakahokia ngā mea i nekehia e koe, he toka i nekehia, te whakahoki i ngā rau, i ngā paru, kia noho pai tonu a rātou taiao.
    Once you’re finished watching bugs, replace any rocks, dirt and leaves back so as not to disturb their home too much.
  4. He mahi anō: Hāngaia he puni ngāngara mā te whakatūtū haere i ētahi rākau, ētahi rau ki tētahi wāhi o tō māra.Extra: Make a bug hut by piling up some sticks and leaves somewhere in your garden. Keep checking to see if any bugs have moved in.

Using more te reo Māori

Ngāngara

Insect

Toka

Rock

Taiao

The natural world

Karu

Eye

Kari

To dig