As babies grow, the world they explore also grows. Make a game of finding different objects, supporting pēpi to focus, increase vocabulary, take turns and build fine-motor skills as well as strengthening their relationship with whānau.
Why do it?
- Towards the end of this time in baby’s development, they can sit up with some support — say between their parent’s legs — freeing both their hands for exploring objects.
- This is a perfect time for sharing attention with baby, which strengthens the relationship between them and whānau.
- Baby is now able to choose something from the treasure box for themselves.
- Baby will hear the words that match their actions and what they’re focusing on, building their understanding of language.
How to do it
- Sitting between a grownup’s legs is ideal for doing this activity.
- Get a container (bowl, box, pottle, basket, rourou) and put 2–3 objects in it (for example, a little ball, something safe from a kitchen drawer and something natural).
- Let baby explore in their own way. Use parallel talk to describe what baby’s looking at and what they’re doing — for example, ‘Ball, you’ve got the ball!’ and ‘Spoon, you’re banging the spoon!’
- Baby will notice the tone of voice grownups use when talking about the basket of ‘treasures’, and from that will decide how interesting the items are.
- Parents can take their cue from baby about when they’re ready for new objects to explore, and then change the objects for new ones.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori
|To examine, explore
|Plaited food basket
|Titiro mai, he aha tēnei?
|Look here, what’s this?
|Ngā taputapu tākaro
|E hiakai ana koe?
|Are you hungry?