Why do it?
- Posting items through a slot develops children’s hand–eye co-ordination.
- It also encourages problem solving — in this activity, the lid will only fit through the slot at a certain angle.
- In addition, it gives children a chance to experience a challenge and achieve success.
- It could also be developed into a turn-taking activity.
- As with most other activities, it’s an opportunity for whānau to use language-building strategies — parallel talk, self-talk and stretch talk.
How to do it
- You’ll need a container with a lid (an ice cream container is ideal).
- You can cut an opening in the side (optional) for easy retrieval once lids have been posted through the slot.
- You’ll need several round lids that are too big to fit inside a cling wrap roll (to avoid them being a choking hazard).
- Cut a slot in the container lid that the posting lids will fit through sideways.
- Offer the container with the lid on, and the lids for posting, to your toddler.
- Watch what happens and guide or model for your child, if necessary.
- Let them repeat the posting activity until they lose interest.
- When they’re ready for another challenge, choose another safe object, such as a block, and cut a second slot in the container lid for it to fit through.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Pouaka pouaka Box Maori | Noun||Box|
|Kōhao kōhao Hole (as in a needle) Maori | Noun||Hole|
|Tapahi tapahi To cut, chop, hack, cut up, operate, amputate Maori | Verb||Cut|
|Ipu ipu Container Maori | Noun||Container|
|Taupoki taupoki Lid, cover, bottle top Maori | Noun||Lid|
|Rākau rākau Tree, stick, timber, wood, plant Maori | Noun||Stick|
|Pene rākau pene rākau Pencil Maori | Noun||Pencil|
|Motukā motukā Car, automobile, motorcar Maori | Noun||Car|
|Mātiti mātiti Peg, wedge - for tightening or securing something Maori | Noun||Peg|
|Ipu taupoki||Bottle top|
|Anō anō Again, more, same Maori | Particle||Do it again|
|Kuhuna ki roto||Put it in|
|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...|
|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|