Make a kick-toy using items from around the house.
Why do it?
- The kick-toy is another kind of cause-and-effect activity, where baby uses their legs to kick and make a noise.
- The activity will strengthen the muscles in their legs.
- Baby will repeat the activity to make the noise again (and again!).
How to do it
You’ll need: Elastic, safety pins, pillowcase, scrunched up paper and furniture legs for tying the kick-toy to.
- Pin the pieces of the elastic to each end of the pillowcase.
- Stuff the pillowcase with noisy paper.
- Use the elastic to tie the kick-toy between two chair legs, so baby can reach it with their feet.
- Parents can show delight when baby kicks and makes the noise.
Using more reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Ngā mahi ā pēpi||Play for baby|
|Takoto takoto To lie down, lie, lay, lie in the future, in prospect Maori | Verb||Lie down|
|Titiro mai||Look here|
|He aha tēnei?||What is this?|
|He pōro||A ball|
|Whana whana To spring back, kick (backwards), impel Maori | Verb||Kick|
|Whana i ō waewae||Kick your legs|
|Haere mai||Come here|
|Haere atu||Go away|
|E tū||Stand up|
|Wetekina ō hū||Take off your shoes|
|Tangohia ō tokena||Take off your socks|
|Kei te aha koe?||What are you doing?|
|Kei te whana waewae koe?||Are you kicking your legs?|
|Kia tūpato||Be careful|
|Ka pai ka pai Good Maori |||Good, well done|
|Ka mau te wehi! ka mau te wehi! How terrible! how terrific! fantastic! awesome! how frightening - often used to praise something or someone's work. Sometimes also used to express the opposite or to express awe, amazement or fear. Maori |||Awesome!|