An easy way to play outside with your tamariki.
Why do it?
- Using chalk provides a different experience of drawing.
- It develops hand–eye co-ordination.
- This is an opportunity to be creative — small toy animals and people can be used to make ‘scenes’.
- It’s easy to clean up afterwards — hose down the path or leave it for the rain to wash away.
- It trengthens the fine muscles in their hands and fingers
- It's an opportunity do lots of kōrero with you about what they’re doing and why, which will extend their vocabulary and ability to express themselves.
How to do it
You'll need: Chalk and some concrete to draw on
- Find a place outside with a suitable hard surface — for example, a footpath.
- Ask them open-ended questions: ‘What do you feel like drawing?’ ‘What do you need?’
- Help them to find other props that they could add to the chalk ‘scene’, such as blocks, small boxes, cars, toy animals and people.
- Blobs of playdough work well to help toys, twigs and people stand up in their play scene.
- Extend the ideas by asking ‘How could you make a river or a bridge?’
Other ideas — Ētahi atu whakaaro
- See if you can draw using other things like stones, bits of brick or sticks.
- Read the children’s book called Chalk, by Bill Thomson.
- Try making up a song about what you’re doing using a tune that you both know. Here’s an example, to the tune of ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’:
Ka mahia e koe he pāmu, he pāmu, he pāmu
Ka mahia e koe he pāmu
He pāmu tino pai!
You have made a farm, a farm, a farm
You have made a farm
And it is really good!
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Whakaahua whakaahua Photograph, illustration, portrait, picture, image, shot (photograph), photocopy Maori | Noun||Photograph|
|Tioka tioka Chalk Maori | Noun||Chalk|
|Tuhituhi me te tioka||Draw with chalk|
|Whero whero Red, reddish-brown, orange-red Maori | Modifier||Red|
|Kōwhai kōwhai Be yellow (in colour) Maori | Adjective||Yellow|
|Kahurangi kahurangi Blue Maori | Modifier||Blue|
|Kākāriki kākāriki Green (colour) Maori | Noun||Green|
|Mā mā be white, clean. Maori | Adjective||White|
|Waiporoporo waiporoporo Be purple Maori | Adjective||Purple|
|Karaka karaka Be orange Maori | Adjective||Orange|
|Māwhero māwhero Be pink Maori | Stative||Pink|
|Huarahi huarahi Road, highway, track, street, avenue Maori | Noun||Road|
|He huarahi roa||A long road|
|Ara ara Way, path, lane, passageway, track, course, route Maori | Noun||Path|
|He ara tuaranga||A rough path|
|Porowhita porowhita Circle, wheel, ring Maori | Noun||Circle|
|Tapawhā tapawhā Rectangle Maori | Noun||Rectangle|
|Porotītaha porotītaha Oval Maori | Modifier||Oval|
|Tapatoru tapatoru Triangle Maori | Noun||Triangle|
|He mākohakoha tēnei rākau||This wood is smooth|
|Ka taea e koe te tuhi he tapawhā?||Can you draw a square|
|Ka taea e au ki te tuhi he whetū||I can draw a star|
|He iti rawa tēnā tioka||That chalk you have is so small|
|Kua pau te tioka māwhero||The pink chalk is all used up|