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Listen and copy patterns heard outside for a fun and relaxing way to spend time together.

Why do it?

  • Being able to listen is a very important skill that supports learning and strengthens relationships.
  • Listening games are a fun way to develop listening skills.

Noticing and creating different kinds of patterns is important so that tamariki can:

  • strengthen their observation skills
  • learn that the world is full of patterns, which helps them to understand more about their world
  • increase their awareness of the variety of patterns there are — some which are seen (visual patterns), and some which are heard (auditory patterns)

How to do it

Anei he kemu hei takaro ki waho:
Here’s an outside game to play:

  1. Haere ki waho, ka noho wehewehe, ki tētahi wāhi e pai ana.
    Head outside and sit separately, somewhere comfy.
  2. Katia ō karu, ka whakarongo i ngā oro e takahuri ana i a koe.
    Close your eyes and listen carefully to everything around you.
  3. Me tāpiri, me kape rānei i aua oro, kāre e rangona e te tangata!
    Try to add or copy a noise to the outdoor sounds that nobody notices!
  4. Ki te mau koe, whakamātauhia he oro anō.
    If you get caught, try again with another noise.

He mahi anō: Me mahi ā-rōpū ki te waihanga anō i ngā āhua o waho, i a koe i roto i te whare. Hei tauira, mahi tahi ki te waihanga i ngā oro o te moana, o te ngahere rānei.

Extra: Work as a team to recreate the outdoors, even when you’re inside. E.g. work together to create the sound of the beach or bush.

Using more te reo Māori

Whakarongo

Listen

Karu

Eye

Taringa

Ear

Manu

Bird

Tarua

To copy