Why do it?
- Small children find animals, and the noises animals make, interesting.
- Sharing a book about animals can be an interactive game when whānau make the animal noises for the toddler.
- Having fun when book sharing will help a toddler have a positive attitude towards books and reading.
How to do it
- Use library books or make your own animal book using a small exercise or notebook.
- You can make a re-useable book with several re-sealable bags stapled and taped together at the non-opening end, so you can insert paper or card.
- Make sure any staples are well taped over to avoid any sharp ends piercing skin.
- Cut animal pictures from old magazines or calendars, or draw them yourself.
- When sharing the animal book with a toddler, make the noises each animal makes.
- After plenty of repetitions, see if the toddler can make the animal sounds. However, don’t make it a test if they’re unsure — just answer the question yourself.
- Keep the activity playful and fun.
Using more te reo Māori
|E rua ngā waewae||Two legs|
|E whā ngā waewae||Four legs|
|Tūpeketia||To jump or leap|
|He aha te tangi o tēnei kararehe?||What noise does this animal make?|
|Whakatau||Bark like a dog|
|Koekoe||Squeak or squawk like a bird or animal|
|He aha tāna kai o tēnei kararehe?||What does this animal eat?|
|He hai ki a koe ki te pānui pukapuka?||Do you like to read books?|