Having kai together leads to great kōrero. It helps strengthen a child’s language skills. Picnics provide opportunities to teach phrases for manners like 'kia ora,' 'please,' and 'thank you.'

Why do it?

  • Having kai together is a familiar activity for the child.
  • All the kōrero that takes place at a picnic will help strengthen language skills.
  • This could be a time to practise using manners like ‘please’, ‘kia ora’ ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’.
  • Strengthen language by expanding vocabulary, asking and answering questions, and sharing and discussing ideas.
an apple, sandwiches, and a bottle of water
an apple, sandwiches, and a bottle of water

How to do it

You’ll need: food you can eat without plates – like little sandwiches, sliced apples, raisins and yoghurt pottles, drink bottles, a large blanket, sun cream, your favourite friends or teddies.

  1. Decide on a picnic spot. It could be your back yard! If it’s wet, have the picnic inside, ina hut made of blankets!
  2. When you arrive, spread out your blanket and unpack your food.
  3. Make sure everyone’s comfy, then enjoy!

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