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Spend some time outdoors with your tamariki observing nature.

Why do it?

  • To encourage children’s curiosity and help them learn to think.
  • To teach them to notice things.
  • To help them gain knowledge and skills.
  • To help extend their language.

How to do it

Kei i a koe: Ō waewae hītekiteki me ō whatu pūkana!

You'll need: Your quiet feet and wide eyes!

  1. Mēnā he makariri me tiro manu koe mai i tō matapihi, ki te kore, haere ki tō māra, ki te papa rēhia e tata ana rānei ki a koe.
    If it’s cold you might look for birds out your window, otherwise, head into your garden or to the local park.
  2. Me āta haere, kaua hoki e hoihoi rawa – kia pai ai te tau o ngā manu.
    Try and be quiet and still – that way birds will pass by and land.
  3. Whakarongo hoki ki ngā tangi a ngā manu. Me whakamātau koe ki te mahi i aua tangi.
    Listen to their chirping. You can even try and make the same sounds.
  4. Ka kaute i ngā manu ka kitea e koe - 1, 2, 3, 4….
    Count the birds you see - 1,2,3,4…

Using more te reo Māori

Makariri

Cold

Manu

Bird

Whakarongo

Listen

Whatu pūkana

Wide eyes

Waewae hītekiteki

Quiet feet