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Why do it?

So tamariki can:

  1. Have some active play when the weather restricts play outdoors
  2. Use their large muscles
  3. Develop their hand and eye coordination
  4. Enjoy a fun activity using everyday materials
  5. Copy and create a pattern using their body.

How to do it

How to do it / Te tikanga mō tēnei mahi:

  1. Hang a balloon from a string in a doorway or archway and play swing ball using your hands.
  2. Introduce bats such as empty cling wrap rolls or rolled and taped newspaper – have some rules about not using bats to hurt each other
  3. It’s noisy but fun to play balloon hockey in a hallway
  4. Make a safe indoor ball using scrunched up newspaper wrapped around with a bit of tape
  5. Aim the newspaper ball at a target – into a basket or box
  6. Set up some ‘skittles’ made from empty plastic bottles, small boxes or empty containers like yoghurt cups. Use the paper ball or a ball made from a pair of socks rolled up to knock them down.
  7. Turn on some music and enjoy some exercises – star jumps, hopping around the furniture, jumping with both feet off the ground, squats and running on the spot to the count of ten.
  8. Have a dance off – introduce a ‘move’ for them to copy and then ask them for their move. Create a movement pattern – ‘kick to the right, kick to the left, spin around and clap!’

Using more reo Māori

hop

hitoko

jump

peke

run

oma

dance

kanikani

Long

roa

short

poto

fast

tere

slow down

ata haere

your turn

nōu te wa

my turn

nōku te wa

leg

waewae

hand/arm

ringaringa

to the right

ki te matau

to the left

ki te māui