Have a jokey journey with your tamariki, either on the way home or to the supermarket. Take turns choosing actions and decide whether to jump, skip, or kick. It will get them interested in counting, improve their listening skills, and strengthen muscles.

Why do it?

  • Using large muscles helps to strengthen them.
  • Children’s confidence increases as more motor skills are learned.
  • Physical activity relieves stress, especially if the activity involves large muscles and big movements.

Counting is a chance for tamariki to:

  • get interested in counting things in their daily lives
  • start to remember the order of number words used in counting, through repetition
  • learn to count in the language of their whānau.

How to do it

Getting tired? Turn a daily routine into a fun tiny adventure!

  • You could have a jokey journey when you’re going to the supermarket, getting into the car, or nearly home from a big walk.
  • Take turns choosing fun actions to do along the way...
    • You might: Hop, hop, HOP five steps…
    • Then: Skip, skip, SKIP five steps…
    • Then: Kick, kick, KICK five steps…

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