What’s going on for baby?
At this stage our tamaiti is becoming more interested in playing with other children. Younger children will play in parallel, watching what each other is doing. Now they’ll begin to interact more and play with each other. They’re also likely to enjoy pretend play with friends and whānau.
They are beginning to understand simple rules and will often be able to keep them. At the same time, ‘mine’ becomes a favourite word as they become more self-aware.
How can parents and whānau help?
- Arrange for their child to spend time with other children, at home and/or at playgroups, Te Kōhanga Reo or ECE.
- Don’t expect them to share easily but do encourage them to do this. Sometimes it’s easier to talk about having a turn rather than sharing.
- Consider letting their child choose one or two special playthings that can be put away, so they don’t have to be shared, when other children come to their house to play.
- Have a small number of rules (between 3 and 5) which all adults support the child to keep.
- Explain the reasons for a rule.
- Acknowledge their child for keeping a family rule or trying to keep it — catch them being good!
- Understand that saying ‘mine’ is part of a child’s learning. When a child is developing a sense of themselves and learning they are independent from their parents, it’s a short step to feeling they own something.
- Have props, such as hats and bags, that can help children take on different roles.
- Make simple masks using paper bags.