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Learning can happen in every situation – play is the key to all learning. By thinking about this, whānau will be helping their tamariki.

The article ‘Thinking, noticing and understanding lots’ has lots of useful information for parents. Use those suggestions to talk with whānau and keep introducing activities to them.

Learning in every situation

Learning can happen in every situation – play is the key to all learning.


Children benefit from the time their whānau spend with them and from the encouragement they get, the fun they have, the opportunity to practise and the conversations they can engage in.


Pātai atu ki te whānau:

  • What do you enjoy doing with your tamaiti?
  • What are their favourite toys and games?

For more conversation ideas, use the article Lots of questions.

The Whakatipu booklets Te Māhuri 1 and 2 have pages devoted to playing and learning in many different settings. Sit alongside parents and look through the booklets together.

Ask them:

  • What appeals to you?
  • What have you tried with your tamaiti?
  • There are many ideas here. Can I help you with anything?
  • What else could you do?

How does this relate to Tākai resources?

Baby wall frieze – Tukuna ahau kia mahi, kia mōhio ai ahau me pēhea te ako – Let me do things over and over again

Because any experiences that are repeated many times strengthen the connections in my brain that help me learn new skills

Six things children need – Te ārahi me te māramatanga – Guidance and understanding

I feel secure in my learning because you are beside me and you are helping me to know my world

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