See the world in a new way

Make a paper telescope with tamariki to encourage pretend play. Pretend play helps develop vocabulary, empathy, creativity, and complex thinking.

a dinosaur viewed with a paper towel roll
a dinosaur viewed with a paper towel roll

Why do it?

  • Children enjoy creating new environments and activities using everyday household materials.
  • Pretending is a great way to develop a child’s imagination.
  • Young children benefit from the chance to use rich language and to try using new or different words. In this way they expand their vocabulary.
  • Pretend play helps to develop early empathy, which is the ability to see things from another person’s point of view.
  • It’s a chance to develop more complex thinking skills. An example of using symbolism is to say ‘this block is my phone’

How to do it

You’ll need: A paper towel roll (or sellotape and a piece of paper), a torch and some good flexibility!

Telescope time: Close one eye and look through a paper towel roll (or a rolled up piece of paper). What can you see? Play pirates and hunt for your favourite things.

Night-time fun: Go on a torch walk or play flashlight hide and seek.

Upside downies: Bend forwards and look through your legs or do a headstand!

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
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