How much fun is it to unwrap something and reveal a surprise? This is an easy game that supports fine-motor skills, develops coordination and supports baby’s natural curiosity. Wrapping and unwrapping objects together will also support your relationship.

Why do it?

  • This game exercises baby’s curiosity and fine motor skills, while strengthening the concept of ‘object permanence’.
  • It’s also a time when whānau and baby can share attention, it’s fun — and might be practice for unwrapping first birthday presents!

How to do it

  • Gather some paper or cloths for wrapping.
  • Find some items to wrap.
  • Let baby watch as you loosely wrap the object.
  • Give the parcel to baby and invite them to unwrap it.
  • They may need some help or encouraging words to get started. “Ooo what have you got there?”
  • Repeat the game with different wrappings and different objects.
  • Give baby a clap when they succeed.

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
Enjoyable, fun
Hunt, investigate
Problem solving
Kite(a) Find, discover
Notice, pay attention to
Naming, label
To play together
To parcel up
Material, fabric
Look for, search
Point out, draw attention to
He aha tēnā I te taha ia koe? What’s that by you?
He aha ki roto? What's in there?
Applaud, cheer
Ka pai koe Well done you
Me mahi pēnei Do it like this
Do it again
Kātahi te pēpi mōhio, ko koe What a clever baby you are
E reretahi ana te karu mē te ringa The eye and the hand are coordinated
Mā te whakaharatau e tika ai Practice makes perfect