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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
|Put it in
||Kuhuna ki roto
|Release, let go
|You go first
||Ko koe te tuatahi
|I'll go second
||Ko au te tuarua
||Nōu te wā
||Nōku te wā
|Give/pass me the...
|Bring me the...
||Mauria mai te...
|Pick up the peg
||Tangohia te mātiti
|To slide, slide down
||Haere ki raro