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A fun activity for fine motor skills.

Why do it?

  • Use their problem-solving skills involving balance, size and space.
  • Strengthen their fine motor skills and improve co-ordination and concentration.
  • Enjoy a sense of achievement when they’ve built something.
  • Enjoy learning and singing rhymes and songs that reinforce counting skills in a fun way.

How to do it

Me whai koe i: Ētahi kōhatu papatahi – ko ngā tahataha o ngā awa, ko ngā takutai moana ngā wāhi ka kitea ēnei momo kōhatu (he wā tūhura!).

You will need: Flattish stones – local riverbeds and beaches are good places to find these (and spend time exploring!).

  1. Rapua he kōhatu.
    Find your stones.
  2. Me whakamātau ki te raupapa i ngā kōhatu kia teitei rawa.
    Try stacking your stones as high as you can.
  3. Me tauutuutu te mahi, ka tiro nō wai te kōhatu ka whakatimana i te pou kōhatu!
    Take turns to see whose stone makes the tower topple!

Using more te reo Māori

Kōhatu

Stone

Teitei

High, tall

Rapua

To look for

Tātahi

The beach

Ringa

Hand