Why do it?
Painting with water is outdoor messy play without any hassles.
It’s a refreshing activity for hot weather.
It’s also an opportunity to notice and talk about what happens to the water (it disappears as it evaporates).
It can be a soothing activity for both a frazzled toddler and their parents.
How to do it
You need water in a container, preferably one with a handle so it can be easily carried, and a brush (art brush or little paint brush) or a small sponge works too.
If you need to, show your child how to paint with water and notice how the appearance of some things changes when wet.
It’s OK to paint the path, fence, house and toys — it’s only water!
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Taiapa taiapa Wall, fence, paddock, field, enclosure - any fenced off area Maori | Noun||Fence|
|Ara ara Way, path, lane, passageway, track, course, route Maori | Noun||Path|
|Whare whare House, building, residence, dwelling, shed, hut, habitation Maori | Noun||House|
|Peita peita Paint Maori | Noun||Paint|
|Wai wai Water, juice, liquid Maori | Noun||Water|
|Paraihe paraihe Brush Maori | Noun||Brush|
|Hautai hautai Sponge Maori | Noun||Sponge|
|Pākete pākete Bucket Maori | Noun||Bucket|
|Ipu ipu Container Maori | Noun||Container|
|Tōmiti tōmiti To dry up, evaporate Maori | Verb||To evaporate, dry up|
|Māku māku Wet, moist, damp, soggy Maori | Modifier||Wet|
|Raumaroke raumaroke To be dry Maori | Intransitive verb||To dry|
|Tāora tāora Towel Maori | Noun||Towel|
|Patapata patapata To drip, drop (as of rain) Maori | Verb||Drip|
|Riringi riringi To pour, pour out, pour in Maori | Verb||Pour|
|Uwhiuwhi uwhiuwhi To sprinkle, spray Maori | Verb||Sprinkle|
|Pātai pātai To ask, question, enquire, cross-examine, provoke, challenge Maori | Verb||Question|
|He aha kei roto i te pākete?||What's in the bucket?|
|Pōrutu pōrutu To splash the surface of the water (with the hands) Maori | Verb||Splashing|
|Nōku te wā||My turn|
|Nōu te wā||Your turn|
|Me titiro||Have a look|
|He makariri tēnei wai||This water is cold|