Building a hut helps baby’s muscle development and coordination (crawling, walking, crouching). Cognition is supported (problem-solving, object permanence, language acquisition) and baby explores feelings (like frustration or joy) having fun with you.
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
|Temporary shelter, hui
|Shelter, hiding place
|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
|Me pānui pukapuka tāua?
|Shall we read?
|Kei te hiamoe koe?
|Are you tired?