Why do it?
- Whānau will be helping baby to understand, follow an instruction, solve a problem and be successful.
- Whānau will give baby the words that match their actions, strengthening baby’s understanding of language (‘receptive’ language).
How to do it
- You’ll need a blanket, rug or cloth, and something that baby wants to hold and explore.
- Sit close to baby and place the desired object out of reach, on the cloth.
- Draw baby’s attention to the desired object. Say, ‘Look! See the car? Get the car!’
- Show baby how they can bring the car closer by pulling the cloth.
- Encourage baby to pull the cloth to get the toy.
- When they’ve succeeded, give baby a clap.
- Vary the game by using a range of objects.
Using more te reo Māori
|Mōhio||To know, understand|
|Whakaoti rapanga||Problem solving|
|Me noho tāua||Let's sit (you and me)|
|He aha tērā?||What's that? (over there)|
|Tikina tērā pōro||Fetch that ball (over there)|
|Kātahi nā te pēpi mōhio, ko koe||What a clever baby you are|
|Titiro mai e te tau||Look here darling|
|He aha tēnā?||What's that? (near you)|
|He motokā whero tēnā||That's a red car (near you)|
|Tangohia tērā teti pea||Pick up that teddy (away fromn both of us)|
|Kūmea te paraikete me pēnei||Pull the blanket like this|
|Ka pai koe||Well done you|
|Ka mau te wehi!||That's amazing!|