Why do it?
- Posting a peg into a bottle helps children develop their hand–eye co-ordination.
- It also encourages problem solving — the child has to figure out how to line the peg up so it fits into the hole.
- It gives them a chance to have fun and feel satisfaction with their achievements.
- It can be developed into a turn-taking activity.
- It also provides an opportunity for using language-building strategies — parallel talk, self-talk and stretch talk.
How to do it
- Use pegs without springs, so your child doesn’t pinch their lips or tongue if they put the peg in their mouth.
- Use a plastic bottle with a handle so they can hold the bottle steady with one hand — a clean milk bottle is ideal.
- Give your toddler a peg and the bottle and let them explore — see what they do with them.
- Invite them to put the peg in the bottle and see what they do.
- If necessary, show them how to post the peg, or guide their hand.
- If they aren’t experiencing success, find a container with a wider opening to practise with, and then try the bottle again later.
Using more te reo Māori
|Ipu miraka||Milk bottle|
|Tangohia te mātiti||Pick up the peg|
|Kuhuna ki roto||Put it in|
|Tukuna||Release, let go|
|Ahua nui rawa tēnā mātiti?||This peg might be too big|
|Me mahi tāua anō||Let's try again|
|He aha te tae ō tēnā mātiti?||What colour is that peg?|
|Whakamatuatia te ipu miraka||Keep the milk bottle steady|
|Puritia te hānara||Hold the handle|
|Nōu te wā||Your turn|
|Nōku te wā||My turn|
|Ko koe te tuatahi||You go first|
|Ko au te tuarua||I'll go second|
|Takakawe||Persist, try hard|
|Mahia kia pēnei||Do it like this|
|Hōmai te...||Give/pass me the...|
|Mauria mai te...||Bring me the...|
|Whakaretiretitia||To slide, slide down|
|Haere ki roto||In it goes|
|Ruiruia te ipu||Shake the bottle|
|Haere mai ngā mātiti||Here comes the pegs|
|Tahi, rua, toru, whā||One, two, three, four|