Why do it?
- Posting items down a tube provides opportunities for children to strengthen their hand–eye co-ordination.
- When they repeat the activity, it strengthens their problem-solving skills.
- Sharing an activity and attention with their parent strengthens the relationship between them both.
- It’s also an opportunity for strengthening language by using language-building strategies — parallel talk, self-talk and stretch talk — as parent and child explore and talk about the activity together.
How to do it
- You’ll need a cardboard tube (like a cling wrap roll), some pegs and other objects that fit down the tube such as a pencil, a small car or a small ball.
- Make sure you supervise this activity closely, as small items are a choking hazard, and your child may still want to mouth them.
- Sit with your toddler and invite them to post the peg down the tube. You could say, ‘Pick up the peg and put it in the tube.’
- If they do, that immediately tells you they understand a two-step instruction.
- They may need you to show them first. Do so, and then give them a peg and say, ‘Your turn!’
- Ask them, ‘Again?’ and see what happens.
- Try posting other objects down the tube.
- If you have a fat tube, try cutting it in half long-ways to make a half-pipe, and they can let an object go down and watch it slide.
- Supervise your toddler — they may try to walk around with the tube in their mouth, which could be dangerous if they were to fall.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Tukuna tukuna To release, let go, give up, leave, resign, put off, descend, get off, let down, download (computer), set free, allow, send, pass, serve, bowl, submit - reflects the notion of transfer Maori | Verb||Release, let go|
|Ko koe te tuatahi||You go first|
|Ko au te tuarua||I'll go second|
|Nōu te wā||Your turn|
|Nōku te wā||My turn|
|Kohia ētahi...||Collect some...|
|Homai te...||Give me the...|
|Mauria mai te...||Bring me the...|
|Pene rākau pene rākau Pencil Maori | Noun||Pencil|
|Motukā motukā Car, automobile, motorcar Maori | Noun||Car|
|Anō anō Again, more, same Maori | Particle||Do it again|
|Mātiti mātiti Peg, wedge - for tightening or securing something Maori | Noun||Peg|
|Kohiā te mātiti||Pick up the peg|
|Whakaretiretitia whakaretiretitia To slide, ski, surf Maori | Verb||To slide, slide down|
|Ngakuru ngakuru To drop off, drop out Maori | Verb||Drop out|
|Haere ki raro||Going down|