Why do it?
Finger plays can:
- help toddlers build word skills
- help them learn to imitate
- help them match words with actions
- be a time of fun and sharing.
How to do it
Little, bigger, biggest
A little ball (make a ball with finger and thumb).
A bigger ball (make a ball with two hands).
And a great big ball (make a ball with arms).
Now help me count them — 1, 2, 3!
(Repeat gestures for each size.)
Row your boat
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.
(Sit on the floor with your child, holding their
hands and rocking backward and forward.)
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Kōrero kōrero To tell, say, speak, read, talk, address Maori | Verb||Talk, communicate|
|Whakahuahua whakahuahua To recite, speak out, mention, pronounce, name (a number of things), mimic, imitate Maori | Verb||To imitate or mimic|
|Mahi ā-ringa mahi ā-ringa Handicraft, craft Maori | Noun||Hand actions|
|Whāngai kupu whāngai kupu Prompting Maori | Modifier||Prompting|
|Me pēnei||Do it like this...|
|Homai tō ringa||Give me your hand|
|He pōro iti||A little ball|
|He pōro nui||A big ball|
|He pōro nunui||A great big ball|
|Tahi, rua, toru||One, two, three|
|Ō ringaringa ki runga||Arms up|
|Hope!||Hands on your hips|
|He pai ki ā koe tēnei waiata?||Do you like this song?|
|Rawe rawe Excellent, becoming, good, fine, pleasant, nice. Maori | Verb||Excellent|
|E noho ki te whāriki||Sit here on the carpet|