Every day activities like making kai together are great learning opportunities.
Why do it?
- Home is the first learning place and the whānau are the first teachers a child has.
- A young child doesn’t always need special learning activities. Simple everyday household activities and routines can provide learning experiences in a familiar environment.
- Having someone who loves, cares for and nurtures them is exactly what they need. It gives them a sense of belonging.
- By learning what adults do, children learn these skills too.
- Involvement in family activities is the beginning of creativity and imaginative play.
- It provides opportunities for language, maths and social learning.
How to do it
You’ll need: 340g of spaghetti pasta, your favourite tasty extras... see below!
- Cook and drain your spaghetti. Follow the instructions on the packet.
- Add your favourite extras!
- Tasty tomato: Add a can of plain or flavoured tomatoes to your drained pasta. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add some fresh basil (optional).
- Veggie hide and seek: Pan fry and add 1-2 cups of finely chopped/grated veggies. We love onion, carrot and courgette.
- Vegemite treat: Stir a little butter, 2 tablespoons of water and 2 teaspoons of vegemite (or marmite) into your drained pasta.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve. Yum yum!
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Kōhua kōhua Pot for boiling food, boiler - traditionally a vessel for boiling food in which heated stones were placed Maori | Noun||Pot|
|Reka reka Sweet, tasty, palatable Maori | Modifier||Tasty|
|Whakaawa whakaawa To drain, make canals, make drains Maori | Verb||Drain|
|Tohutohu tao kai tohutohu tao kai Recipe, cooking instructions Maori | Noun||Cooking instructions|
|Ruirui ruirui To shake to and fro (with the hand upright), sprinkle Maori | Verb||To sprinkle|