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!).
- Rapua he kōhatu.
Find your stones.
- Me whakamātau ki te raupapa i ngā kōhatu kia teitei rawa.
Try stacking your stones as high as you can.
- 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
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Kōhatu kōhatu Stone, rock Maori | Noun||Stone|
|Teitei teitei High, tall, lofty Maori | Modifier||High|
|Kimihia kimihia To look for, seek, search, hunt for Maori | Verb||Look for, search|
|Tātahi tātahi The beach, seaside, riverside - a location word, or locative, which follows immediately after particles such as ki, i, hei and kei. Used when referring to the beach from an inland perspective. (Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 15-16;) Maori | Location||Beach|
|Ringa ringa Arm, hand Maori | Noun||Hand|