Why do it?
- This activity provides an opportunity to do 2 things at once — walking and pulling a toy.
- It’s also an opportunity for toddlers to practise their walking.
- And it can be a ‘pretend’ play activity to stimulate imagination and language learning.
How to do it
- You may already have a pull-along toy, or you can easily make one.
- You’ll need a sturdy box (a shoebox would do) and some string. Make a small hole in the end of the box and thread through a short piece of knotted string for your toddler to hold and pull.
- Make sure the string is too short to go around their neck and pose a choking danger.
- You could also attach an item to the pulling end, to give them something to hold on to — for example, a stick, pencil or bangle.
- They can pull on the string and take their toys for a ride, or ‘deliver’ items to other rooms.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Pouaka pouaka Box Maori | Noun||Box|
|Kōneke kōneke Trolley Maori | Noun||Trolley|
|Pahi pahi Bus Maori | Noun||Bus|
|Taraka taraka Truck, lorry, railway wagon Maori | Noun||Truck|
|Wēkana wēkana Wagon Maori | Noun||Wagon|
|Haere mā runga i te kōneke||Ride in the trolley|
|He poto rawa||Too short|
|He roa rawa||Too long|
|Kaitaraiwa kaitaraiwa Driver Maori | Noun||Driver|
|Hīkoi hīkoi To step, stride, march, walk Maori | Verb||Walk|
|Kume kume To pull, drag. Usually kūmea in the passive form Maori | Verb||Pull or drag|
|Hīkoi whakamuri||Walk backwards|
|Kia tūpato||Be careful|
|Kua tae mai te pāhara||The parcel has just arrived|