Stacking and nesting Activity
Why do it?
- Stacking and nesting activities give baby opportunities to share attention with whānau and explore what fits into what, and what stacks on what.
- Baby also learns problem-solving skills and language skills (including prepositions such as ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘out’, ‘under’ and ‘over’).
How to do it
- Start with a small number of items — about 4 — that ‘nest’ in each other.
- Encourage baby to explore what item fits into what.
- Turn the objects over and show baby how to put one on top of another.
- Encourage baby to explore other objects that can be stacked on top of each other.
- Use words like ‘in’, ‘on’ or ‘too big’ to describe what baby is doing as they explore.
- Build a block or box ‘tower’ for baby to knock over.
- Give baby a clap and a smile when they succeed.
Using more te reo Māori
|Whakaoti rapanga||Problem solving|
|Whakamātauhia||Try out, experiment|
|Nui rawa||Really big|
|Iti rawa||Really small|
|He poto rawa||Too short|
|He nui rawa||Too big|
|I te taha||On the side|
|Ka pai koe||Well done you|
|Kātahi nā te pēpi mōhio, ko koe||What a clever baby you are|
|Ka mau te wehi!||Tjhat's amazing!|