Why do it?
- Young children and whānau enjoy sharing songs together.
- Waiata and rhymes are great for building a child’s memory and confidence.
- Experiences with rhythm and rhyme help promote language development.
- Singing and using actions at the same time is a complex activity and involves different parts of the brain. This means rich learning happens when children are enjoying waiata-a-ringa (action songs).
- Singing is fun.
How to do it
Look through the Whakatipu booklets for waiata to enjoy.
- Te Kōhuri 3, page 21 — Haere, haere, hikoi haere
- Te Kōhuri 2, page 9 — Mā is white
- Te Kōhuri 2, page 21 — Tahi is one
- Te Pihinga 1, page 33 — Mēnā harikoa koe
Search for these other songs from the collection of rhymes and songs on this website. Follow the actions or make up your own.
- Here is the beehive
- Ring around the rosy
- Three little monkeys
- Row row row your boat
- I’m a little teapot
- If you’re happy
- Humpty dumpty.
Using more te reo Māori
|Waiata mai||Sing to me|
|Whakarongo mai||Listen to me|
|Waiata ā-ringa||Action songs|
|Huri atu||Turn away|
|Huri mai||Turn to me|