Why do it?
- Between 2 and 3 years of age, children have a lot of energy to release.
- They’re also likely to experience frustration at times, as their language development may not ‘keep up’ with the strong emotions they need to express.
- Vigorous play helps young children to release energy and relieve frustration, especially when they’re outside.
- It’s an opportunity to practise and strengthen motor skills including balance, fitness and co-ordination.
- It encourages children to learn to take risks, and to develop confidence and resilience.
How to do it
- Children need plenty of space to run around in, such as a backyard or a nearby park.
- You also need a ball and some items that can be used as bats — wooden spoons, glad wrap rolls, a rolled and taped newspaper, or a long sock to be used as a tail.
- You can make a ball by scrunching paper and wrapping tape around it.
- Play ‘chase the tail’ — tuck the sock in your waistband so the toddler has to chase you and pull it out. Take turns.
- Use the ‘bats’ and newspaper ball to play ‘newspaper hockey’.
- If it’s windy, make a basic kite with a supermarket bag tied on to some string — as they run around the wind will fill the bag.
- Just running with the wind blowing around them can be great fun itself.
- A paper towel tossed into the air can be fun to chase after, and to try and catch it again.
Using more te reo Māori
|Kakare||To be agitated, emotional|
|Matekiri||To be frustrated, disappointed|
|Whakapakari tinana||Physical fitness, exercise|
|Reretahi||To be coordinated|
|Waewae kai kapua||Adventurous person, risk taker|
|Whai, aru||Chase, follow|
|Tauhunahuna||Play hide and seek|
|Takahuri te pōro||Roll the ball|
|Kia tūpato||Be careful|
|Āta haere||Go slow|
|Kia tere||Be quick|
|Ka aru āhau i a koe||I'm going to chase you|
|Oma tere||Run fast|
|Kei te haere koe ki hea?||Where are you going?|
|Ka nui tēnām e te tau||That's enough, my darling|
|Kia tere tonu tē haere!||Go as fast as you can!|