Give your tamariki space to make huts around the house using whatever materials available.
Why do it?
Making huts is a great opportunity for tamariki to:
- enjoy creating little enclosed play spaces both indoors and out
- have fun and extend their play
- practise cooperation
- pretend and problem-solve
- practise using prepositions — words like in, out, on, under, over, behind, in front of, through and next to.
How to do it
- Indoor huts can be made using tables, chairs, couches, cushions, boxes, sheets and blankets.
- Outdoor huts can be made using planks, tree branches, logs, crates, poles, sticks and old curtains.
- Ask tamariki for their ideas about what else they might use.
- Always check any materials for possible dangers, especially when building huts outside.
- Help them to gather materials to use, and be around to help or get more construction materials if needed.
- Old sheets or curtains can make roofs and provide shaded areas.
- Extend the pretend play by ‘inviting’ toys in to eat or sleep.
- A hut could be any type of waka, a ship, a rocket, a tanker or any type of whare, a hospital, a school or a fire station.
- Share books about building huts — for example, Sally’s Secret by Shirley Hughes
Using more reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Te hanga mahau||Building huts|
|Tepū tepū Table (furniture), bench Maori | Noun||Table|
|Tūru tūru Chair, stool, seat, bench, pew Maori | Noun||Chair|
|Hōpa hōpa Sofa, couch Maori | Noun||Couch|
|Aupuru aupuru Protection pad, cushion Maori | Noun||Cushion|
|Paraikete paraikete Blanket Maori | Noun||Blanket|
|Ārai ārai Curtain Maori | Noun||Curtain|
|Hīti hīti Sheet (bedding) Maori | Noun||Sheet|
|Koteo koteo Post, pole Maori | Noun||Pole|
|Haki haki Flag, ensign Maori | Noun||Flag|
|Pēke pēke Bag, sack, pack. Maori | Noun||Sack|
|Papa papa Board, timber, floor, slab, plank, chart, plane surface, bed (of a lake or the sea), Earth, shell of crayfish and molluscs - anything broad, flat and hard. Maori | Noun||Floor|
|Kaupeka kaupeka Branch, stick Maori | Noun||Branch|
|Pā pā Fortified village, fort, stockade, screen, blockade, city (especially a fortified one). Maori | Noun||Fort|
|Kaipuke kaipuke Ship Maori | Noun||Ship|
|Kaipuke tiora||Pirate ship|
|Waka ātea waka ātea Spacecraft Maori | Noun||Spacecraft|
|Kei mua||In front|
|Waihotia te papa ki runga i te pouaka nui||Put the plank on the big box|
|Kei raro i te rākau||Under the tree|
|Kei runga i te kaupeka te paraikete||The blanket is on the branch|