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Play ideas and activities Building — Te hangaia Stages: 3 to 5 years

Why do it?

Why do it? — He aha e mahi ai?

Building with blocks and other toys allows tamariki to:

  • use their problem-solving skills involving balance, size and space
  • strengthen their fine motor skills and improve co-ordination and concentration
  • enjoy a sense of achievement when they’ve built something.

How to do it

How to do it — Te tikanga mō tēnei mahi

  • Tamariki can build with blocks, boxes and plastic containers.
  • Blocks can be borrowed from toy libraries or can often be found in second-hand shops.*
  • The simplest thing to build is a tower — see how high they can build their tower.
  • Encourage creativity by suggesting other structures they might try to build — maybe a wharenui, a garage or a barn.
  • Kōrero with them about the different parts of a building: walls, floor, roof, windows, doors, steps and chimney.
  • Encourage them to include other things alongside their building: toy people, vehicles or animals. Twigs stuck in playdough could be the ngahere.
  • If building with recycled materials, your tamaiti can stick boxes and pottles together with glue or tape to make a more permanent building. This could be decorated with felt pens, paints or collage materials.
  • Share picture books about building — for example, ‘The three little pigs’.

* If whānau want to make wooden blocks for their tamaiti, they need to use untanalised wood.

 

Using more te reo Māori

Blocks

Poro rākau

Buildings

Whare

Boxes

Pouaka

Tower

Pourewa

Wall

Pakitara

Floor

Papa

Door

Tatau

Window

Matapihi

Steps

Kaupae

Chimney

Tumera

Need

Hiahia(tia)

I need a little box for a doll’s bed

Kei te hiahia ahau tētahi pouaka iti hei moenga tāre

I’ve built a tower 9 blocks high

Nāku i hangaia tētahi pourewa o ngā poro rākau e iwa