Why do it?
- Sharing is a difficult idea for baby to understand — they need to know that if they give something up, they’ll get it back. This activity helps baby understand through taking turns.
- It’s also another chance to use parallel talk and self-talk, so baby hears the words that belong with the actions.
How to do it
- Find a soft ball.
- Sit opposite baby, legs apart, holding the ball.
- Roll the ball to baby and say, ‘Your turn! Roll the ball to Dad’
- Be ready to retrieve the ball and roll it back to baby again, saying, ‘Your turn.’
- Play until baby has had enough.
Using more te reo Māori
|Rerenga kōrero||Sentence, phrase|
|Nōu te wā||Your turn|
|Nōku te wā||My turn|
|Ko koe te tuatahi||You go first|
|Ko au te tuarua||I'll go second|
|Tauaro||To be opposite, facing towards each other|
|E noho||Sit down|
|E noho kōnei ki te whāriki||Sit here on the carpet|
|Whewhera ōu waewae||Spread your legs|
|Pīroria te pōro||Roll the ball|
|He pōro newanewa||A soft ball|
|Tukuna||Release, let go|
|Huri mai||Turn to me|
|Mātakitaki Māmā||Watch mum|
|Ka taea e koe te hopu?||Can you catch it?|
|Kātahi nā te pēpi mōhio, ko koe||What a clever baby you are|
|E reretahi ana te karu me te ringa||The eye and the hand are coordinated|
|Mā te whakaharatau e tika ai||Practice makes perfect|