Why do it?

  • It’s an opportunity to create something personal for baby in just a few minutes.
  • It’s an opportunity for parents to explore their feelings with a friend.
  • Thinking about baby as a person early helps to build a positive relationship.

How to do it

Sit with a friend (or write the poem by yourself).

  • Step 1: Think of 1 word that relates to your chosen topic.
  • Step 2: Your friend adds 2 words that follow the first word.
  • Step 3: Think of 3 more words that relate to the topic.
  • Step 4: Your friend adds 2 more words.
  • Step 5: Finish the poem with 1 word.
  • An example:


About possibilities

When you arrive

Lovely little


Using more reo Māori

Toikupu Poetry
Tuhituhia To write/draw
Kupu Word
Kotahi te kupu One word
E rua ngā kupu Two words
E toru ngā kupu Three words
E rima ngā rarangi Five lines
Hoa Friend
Aroha Love, affection, compassion, empathy
Rongorongo Hear, smell, feel
Mina to desire, wish for
Whakangākau To show affection for
Manaaki Support, take care of, protect