Use items from around the house to make a discovery box. It's an easy way for parents to connect and communicate with their pēpi.
Why do it?
- A box of objects provides a way of focusing on certain characteristics — for example, colour, shape, texture or material.
- It’s an opportunity to widen your child’s vocabulary.
- Notice and talk about the similarities and differences between objects.
How to do it
You need: a box or a basket and a set of objects e.g. round, metal, wooden, blue or smelly things.
- Let your child explore the contents of the discovery box with one set of things in it.
- Name the things she picks up — for example, a wooden set may include a peg, bowl, stick, spoon and a block.
- Notice what they do with things and use parallel talk like ‘you’ve put the spoon in the bowl’.
- Try tapping things together so they make sounds.
- On another day, explore a different set of things.
Using more te reo Māori
|Kohikohi(a)||Collect, gather together|
|Te tae||The colour|
|Aro(hia)||Notice, pay attention to|
|Kōrero mai||Talk to me|
|Rite tonu, ōrite||Same|
|Homai te...||Give me the...|
|Rakau whero||Red block|
|Titiro mai||Look here|
|He aha tēnei?||What is this?|
|Whakaaturia mai te pōro kōwhai iti||Show me the little yellow bal|
|Hōmai te rau nui||Give me the big leaf|
|He rerekē ngā āhua||They are different shapes|