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Play ideas and activities Baby’s hearing Stages: 3 to 6 months

Why do it?

  • Hearing and speaking are linked, so it’s important for baby’s language development that their hearing is regularly monitored Hearing is developing before speech.
  • Baby is interested in sounds made nearby, at around 4 months old they will turn their head towards a sound
  • Connections are being made in baby’s brain for sounds they’ve heard. Repeating them strengthens connections until eventually they become permanent language pathways.
  • By 6 months old, baby has made brain connections for many of the sounds in the language/s spoken in their home, especially the vowel sounds.

How to do it

  • You’ll need a rattle it could be homemade. It is best if baby is rested, has been fed, and is in the mood to play.
  • Do this activity on the floor.
  • Try shaking the rattle gently to the side of baby and watch how they respond.
  • Try shaking it above them and watch what they do.
  • Try shaking it further away and observe baby.
  • Try whispering to baby — see how they respond.
  • How far away can you go and then whisper to them, and still get a response?

Using more reo Māori

Titiro mai Look over here
Whakarongo, he aha tēnā? Listen, what’s that by you?
   
Kaua e tangi Don’t cry
Kei te ngau tō puku? Have you got a sore puku?
   
Kei te pīrangi kaikai koe? Do you want some food?
Kei te hiakai koe? Are you hungry?
   
Huakina mai tō waha Open up your mouth
Anei. E kai Here you are. Eat up
   
Me waiata tāua? Shall we sing a song?
   
Kei te hūpē tō ihu You’ve got a snotty nose
Anei te tihi, me ūkui tō ihu Here’s a tissue, let’s wipe your nose
Ka rawe Awesome!