Workshop SKIP Whakatipu cartoons


  • To understand how children grow and develop
  • To enjoy children’s development and have realistic expectations of them
  • To provide children with age-appropriate activities 


Invite participants to explore the SKIP Whakatipu booklets’ cartoons and think about the messages they’re giving whānau. 

Look at one of the Whakatipu cartoons. For example, Te Pihinga 2, ‘Curious explorers’ (page 24). You could ask the whānau: 

  • What’s happening in the picture?
  • Do you think it’s funny?
    • Why?
    • Why not?
  • What can you say about the development of this pēpi?
  • What can we expect pēpi to want to do at this age and stage?
  • What does the ‘Whānau say’ section tell us in this chapter?
  • What advice would you give these mātua?
  • What might pēpi be into next?

Use the same prompting questions to look at other cartoons. Encourage the group to look at ones that link with their child’s age and stage. You could ask them: 

  • Does it reflect what’s going on in your whānau? 

Look ahead to the next stage their tamaiti will be entering. 

  • What can you look forward to? 


  • SKIP Whakatipu booklets’ cartoons Te Pihinga 1, pp. 36–37 
  • SKIP Whakatipu Te Pihinga 2 & 3, pp. 12–13, 24–25 
  • SKIP Whakatipu Te Kōhuri 1, 2 & 3, pp. 12–13, 24–25

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