This game supports fine and gross motor skills, develops coordination, builds vocabulary and supports baby’s natural curiosity. As baby works out how to bring things close, you are supporting their problem-solving and negotiation skills.

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

Te reo Māori English
To know, understand
Problem solving
Success, successfulness
Reach out
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 te pēpi mōhio, ko koe What a clever baby you are
Titiro mai e te tau Look here darling
He aha tēnā I te taha ia koe? What’s that by you?
He motukā whero tēnā That's a red car (near you)
Kohia tērā teti pea
Pick up that teddy (away fromn both of us)
Kūmea te paraikite pēnei Pull the blanket like this
Encouragement, urging
Applaud, cheer
Ka pai koe Well done you