A book with flaps to lift is another fun way for baby to explore hiding and finding with whānau.
Why do it?
- It provides easy ways to repeat experiences, which will strengthen the brain pathways for hiding and finding (‘object permanence’) and for language.
- Sharing hiding and finding fun with whānau strengthens the relationship between baby and their caregivers and baby and books.
How to do it
- Sit with baby on your knee and hold the flap book where you both can see it.
- Baby may be interested in turning the pages, and may want to go backwards and forwards in the book.
- Try saying ‘Turn the page’ as they do this.
- It’s important for baby to enjoy sharing books, so avoid struggling with baby over the ‘right’ page.
- Just read the page that baby chooses and explore the flap on that page.
|E noho||Sit down|
|Haramai, e te tau||Come here, my darling|
|Tuaruatanga||Repeat occurrence, repetition|
|Kimi(hia)||Look for, search|
|Ngaro||Hidden, out of sight|
|Hurihia te whārangi||Turn the page|
|He aha kei raro nei?||What's this under here?|
|Kei whea te....?||Where is the .....?|
|Kei konei||Here it is|
|He aha ēnei?||What are these?|
|He aha tēnei kararehe?||What is this animal?|