Making up stories is a great way to keep tamariki engaged and entertained without relying on devices. It can also help them become more familiar with the language of their whānau.

Why do it?

  • Use the mother tongue of your whānau.
  • Reduce the reliance of devices for entertainment.
  • Encourage creativity and imagination.
  • Include your tamaiti in the creation of the story.
  • Show them that stories can be made up anytime or anywhere.
A dragon.
A dragon.

How to do it

  1. The adult starts. E.g. “I would like to go to the zoo…”
  2. The child adds something: “…to see a zebra!”
  3. The adult repeats: “I would like to go to the zoo to see a zebra…”
  4. The child adds: “that is black and white!”
  5. Continue until someone forgets!

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
Kōrero Paki Storytelling
To laugh