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Workshop What is baby trying to say?


  • To recognise what babies are trying to communicate to us.
  • To be able to respond positively.


In some of the pictures in the SKIP Whakatipu booklets, there are speech bubbles telling us what pēpi might be saying, thinking and feeling.

Read Te Pihinga 1, pages 8 and 15, and pay special attention to the images. Let’s try creating some speech bubbles for these images and work out what pēpi and their whānau might be saying, thinking and feeling.

Start with page 8:

  • What do you think māmā might be thinking?
  • What would pēpi be saying if pēpi could talk?

Now look at page 15:

  • What do you think pēpi is thinking?
  • What words might pēpi be saying?

Now, working in pairs, go through other pages where there are images without speech and make up some conversations to go with them. Talk together about what pēpi might be wanting, needing or thinking.

Have the whole range of Whakatipu booklets available, especially if there are participants with older children.

Being able to stay positive when a child’s behaviour is frustrating or irritating can be hard for whānau. Look at Te Kōhuri 1 (pages 12–13, 15, 16, 18 and 20), where some of the images might provoke some less positive responses.

Challenge pairs to come up with only positive statements. Share back with each other and discuss.


SKIP Whakatipu booklets — bring enough copies so the group can work together in pairs.