Climb in with your child and enjoy the fun.
Why do it?
- This activity gives baby a chance to practise their motor skills, such as crawling, standing and cruising.
- It helps them learn about hiding and being found.
- They’re also practising their communication and having fun with whānau.
- A chance for baby to explore
How to do it
- a large cardboard box big enough for baby to crawl into, OR a table/chairs
- a big sheet or blanket
Make your hut:
- Hang the blanket or sheet over the structure and secure with string or pegs to make the hut.
- Show baby the ‘hut’ and crawl in yourself to encourage them to come in too.
- Try a game of peekaboo in the hut.
- Read a story to baby in their hut.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Whare whare House, building, residence, dwelling, shed, hut, habitation Maori | Noun||House|
|Whare pūrokuroku whare pūrokuroku Temporary shelter, hut Maori | Noun||Temporary shelter, hui|
|Hanga hanga (-a,-ia) to make, build, fashion, create Maori | Verb||To build|
|Tepū tepū Table (furniture), bench Maori | Noun||Table|
|Paraikete paraikete Blanket Maori | Noun||Blanket|
|Hīti hīti Sheet (bedding) Maori | Noun||Sheet|
|Pouaka nui||Large box|
|Piringa piringa Shelter, hiding place, haven, refuge Maori | Noun||Shelter, hiding place|
|Uhi uhi Covering, tablecloth, cover Maori | Noun||Covering|
|Ngōkingōki ngōkingōki To creep, crawl Maori | Verb||To crawl|
|Huna huna To conceal, hide Maori | Verb||Hide|
|Me hangaia he whare mā tāua||Let's build us a house|
|He aha kei roto i te pūrokuroku nei?||What's inside this little hut?|
|Tirohia tēnei whare ātaahua!||Look at this beautiful house!|
|Haramai ki roto||Come inside|
|Me pānui pukapuka tāua?||Shall we read?|
|Kei te hiamoe koe?||Are you tired?|