Learning can happen in every situation – play is the key to all learning. Simple, everyday activities with their whānau can help tamariki learn about process, skill and patience.

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

Joining in the fun

The 'Ngā taonga tākaro' pages in the booklet Whakatipu Te Māhuri show a range of everyday play activities and what tamariki are learning. On these pages, we see tamariki playing – they’re playing in the rain, helping in the kitchen and singing waiata.

It reminds us just how much fun it can be when whānau join in too.

Conversation ideas

What can you remember enjoying with your whānau when you were young?
What was it about having parents and whānau joining in that made it feel special?
Look at the pictures on these pages. What’s happening?
What do you think these tamariki might be learning?
What do you enjoy doing with your tamaiti?
There are many ideas here. Can I help you with anything?

Process, skill and patience

A process has been described as a journey: a learning journey. First we do this and then we do the next thing, and so on. And when we want to do it again, we try to follow the same process.

The pictures on the 'Ngā taonga tākaro' pages suggest that tamariki are learning about process, skill and patience.

Conversation ideas

What do you think this means?
What’s this journey about?
What other processes might a child learn through whānau activities?
What skills are they using?
And what about patience?

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