Understand the role of play in learning.

Learning goals

  • Understand that parents are a child’s first and most important playmate.
  • Know that all children do most of their early learning through playing.

Discuss the importance of playing

The Tākai video Stay and Play has a wealth of information about the importance of playing.

  • It’s specifically aimed at children in their second year – Kahukura, the toddler in the video, was 20 months old at the time of filming.
  • It’s also relevant to the first year as well.

Pre-select which sections you will use in the workshop. The video contains the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Posting activities – a good clip about the 5 senses
  • Posting activities 2
  • Stages of play
  • Safety
  • Natural resources
  • Fun with balls
  • Never shake a baby
  • Learn through play
  • Play and language
  • Learn through waiata

Play one section at a time and invite discussion after each. Discussion starters:

  • What did you notice?
  • What did you already know?
  • What have you already done with your child?
  • What new information and ideas have you learned?
  • What would your child enjoy?
  • What new things will you try?