Workshop Stay and play


  • To understand that parents are a child’s first and most important playmate.
  • To know that all children do most of their early learning simply through playing.


The Stay and play video 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, is 20 months old at the time of filming). However, it’s also relevant to the first year as well.

Be sure to watch the video before the workshop. It 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

Choose which clips you want to use. Play one clip at a time and then invite discussion.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?


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