Why do it?
- A song with actions and words is a rich learning and brain-building experience for baby, involving their eyes, ears and sense of touch.
- Baby hears the word for the action and feels the body part when the action is happening and the body part is touched. This helps baby’s understanding of language.
- A bath song can become a fun part of baby’s bath routine.
How to do it
- See ‘Waiata kōhungahunga’ in Te Pihinga 1, 3–4 months, where there are a number of songs to share with young children.
- Another option for a bath song is singing to the tune of ‘Here we go ’round the mulberry bush’:
This is the way we wash our face, wash our face, wash our face
this is the way we wash our face on a lovely sunny morning.
- Add more verses for different parts of the body and different weather.
Using more reo Māori
|Kei hea tō māhunga?||Where is your head?|
|Kei hea ō pakihiwi?||Where are your sholders?|
|Kei hea tō puku?||Where is your tummy?|
|Kei hea ō waewae?||Where are your legs?|
|He aha tēnei?||What is this?|
|He ihu tēnei||This is a nose|
|He waha tēnei||This is a mouth|
|E hia ō karu?||How many eyes do you have?|
|E rua ō karu, tahi, rua||You have two eyes. One, two|
|Katia ō karu||Shut your eyes|
An action song about body parts which uses the tune of 'One little, two little, three little Indians". Point to each body part as you sing.
|Waewae (repeat 3 times)||(legs)|
|Taringa, whatu, ihu, waha e!||(Ears, eyes, nose and mouth)|