Toddlers love the feeling of doing things for themselves. Be patient with you're tamariki when they're going through this phase and remember practise makes perfect.
Why do it?
- Toddlers are interested in doing things for themselves.
- They have been watching their parents and copying what they do.
- They’ve been practising hand-eye co-ordination skills.
- It may take a bit longer for a toddler to do something rather than the parent doing it. However, having the patience to let them try will pay off in the long run as they grow in confidence and achieve goals independently. If they’re keen to do something, they’ll master the skills more readily.
- Saying ‘Me do it!’ is a sign they are growing up.
How to do it
Encourage a young child to take some responsibility for getting dressed.
take off their socks and shoes
take off some of their clothes
make little choices about what to wear, such as ‘Blue t-shirt or red one?’
put on a hat
put their dirty clothes in the wash.
Offering choices within the limits can help a toddler feel more in charge, for example ‘Do you want a bath or a shower?’
Young children can help with simple tasks, for example unpacking some of the shopping, sorting clean washing, washing the car, scrubbing potatoes or rinsing lettuce
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Māku e mahi||I do it|
|Kākahuria kākahuria To put on clothes, dress Maori | Verb||To dress|
|Kākahu kākahu Garment, clothes, cloak, apparel, clothing, costume Maori | Noun||Clothes|
|Hū hū Shoe, footwear. Maori | Noun||Shoe|
|Tōkena tōkena Stocking, sock Maori | Noun||Sock|
|Pōtae pōtae Cap, hat, beret, top hat, stetson, beanie, covering for the head Maori | Noun||Hat|
|Tarau tāngari tarau tāngari Jeans, dungaree trousers, denim trousers Maori | Noun||Jeans|
|Tarau tarau Trousers, pants Maori | Noun||Trousers|
|Tarau poto tarau poto Short trousers, shorts Maori | Noun||Shorts|
|Tangohia ō kākahu||Take your clothes off|
|Kuhuna ō kākahu moe||Put your pyjamas on|
|Whakahokia ō kākahu i te kāpata koa||
Put your clothes away in the cupboard please
|He tīhāte whero, he tīhāte kikorangi rānei?||Red t-shirt or blue t-shirt|
|Kei te aha koe?||What are you doing?|
|Kei te pirangi koe he tāpu, he horohoroi rānei?||Do you want a bath or a shower?|
|Paraihetia ō niho||Brush your teeth|
|Horoia ō ringa||Wash your hand|
|Wetekina ō hū||Take off your shoes|
|Kuhuna ō tōkena||Put on your socks|
|Kei hea tō tiakete?||Where is your jacket?|
|Tikina koa tō pōtae||Fetch your hat please|
|Kino kē koe e te tau!||You're awesome my darling!|
|Tikina ngā reta||Collect the mail|
|Whiua ki te ipupara||Throw it in the rubbish bin|
|Me horoi tāua ngā pereti||Let's do the dishes|
|Kimihia tō hū||Find your shoe|
|Kei te whakahihi au i a koe||I am very proud of you|
|Me hoki ki te kainga||Let's go back home|