There are lots of simple, everyday activities you can do with your tamariki at home. All of them are opportunities for them to learn in a familiar environment.
Why do it?
- Home is the first learning place and the whānau are the first teachers a child has.
- A young child doesn’t always need special learning activities. Simple everyday household activities and routines can provide learning experiences in a familiar environment.
- Having someone who loves them caring and nurturing them is exactly what they need, as it gives them a sense of belonging.
- By learning what adults do, children learn these skills too.
- Involvement in family activities is the beginning of creativity and imaginative play.
- It provides opportunities for language, maths and social learning.
How to do it
- Ask your child to pass pegs to you when hanging up washing, ‘Two green pegs please’.
- Match socks while sorting the clean washing.
- Water the garden using a hose, or a bucket with plastic cups.
- Wash the car.
- Put some of the shopping away.
- Read the junk mail and write a shopping list together.
- Put away toys together. ‘I’ll pick up the blue things and put them away. What colour would you like to pick up? Then you can choose a story for us.’
- Wash vegetables for a meal (standing at the sink on a chair).
- Help set the table for the family meal.
- Help with sweeping — with their own small broom or a brush and shovel.
- Write letters and post them.
- Make birthday and Christmas cards.
- Help with cooking and baking.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Kāinga kāinga Home, address, residence, village, settlement, habitation, habitat, dwelling Maori | Noun||Home|
|Kaiako kaiako Teacher, instructor Maori | Noun||Teacher|
|Kia ngāwari||Be gentle|
|Pārekareka pārekareka To be pleasant, pleased, enjoyable, fun Maori | Verb||Enjoyable, fun|
|Me horoi tāua ngā pereti||Let's do the dishes|
|Māku koe e āwhina||I will help you|
|He tino pai tō mahi||Well done|
|Me haere tāua ki te tiro atu||Let's you and me go and look at...|
|Tunu kai tunu kai Cooking Maori | Noun||Cooking food|
|Ehuehungia te māra||Water the garden|
|Horoia te motukā||Wash the car|
|Homai e rua ngā mātiti kākāriki||Give me two green pegs|
|Whakawetohia te ngongo wai||Turn off the hose|
|Whakatikahia tō rūma||Tidy up your room|
|Kino kē koe e te tau!||You're awesome my darling!|
|Me haere tāua ki te tikina ngā reta||Let's you and I go and collect the mail|
|Huawhenua huawhenua Vegetable - sometimes written as two words, i.e. hua whenua Maori | Noun||Vegetables|
|Hua rākau hua rākau Fruiting tree, fruit bearing tree, fruit tree Maori | Noun||Fruit|
|Mīti mīti Meat Maori | Noun||Meat|
|Ika ika Fish, marine animal, aquatic animal - any creature that swims in fresh or salt water including marine mammals such as whales Maori | Noun||Fish|
|Huakina te pouaka||Open the box|
|He aha kei roto i te pēke?||What is inside the bag?|
|Whakahokia ngā riki||Put the onions away|
|Purua ngā rīwai ki roto i te kōhua||Put the potatoes in the pot|
|He kai māu?||Do you want something to eat?|
|Kua reri te kai||The food is ready|
|Homai tō pereti||Give me your plate|
|Tino reka tēnei kai||This kai is delicious|
|He inu māu?||Would you like a drink?|
|He aha tō hiahia?||What would you like?|
|He inu miraka wai māori rānei?||Milk or water?|
|Whiua ki te ipupara||Throw it in the rubbish bin|
|Horoia ō ringaringa||Wash your hands|
|He rawe tō āwhina mai||You're a great helper|