Why do it?
- Chasing provides practice for children’s active movement and co-ordination skills such as crawling, walking, running, balancing, turning and stopping.
- Chasing games can be enjoyed with crawlers or walkers.
- Children learn about taking turns as they switch between chasing and being chased.
- Chasing games also build relationships through shared enjoyment and fun.
How to do it
- You may need to do some playful modelling to help a child understand the chase-and-catch idea.
- If a child is still crawling, it will be more fun if you crawl in this game, too.
- Use and repeat verbal cues like ‘Come and get me’ or ‘I’m going to get you!’
- Add to the fun by pretending you’re trying really hard to get away — hide around a corner or behind a chair and add in some excited sound effects.
- Let them get away a few times and then make a big deal when you do catch them, with a tickle or a ‘Gotcha now!’ cuddle.
Using more te reo Māori
|Haere mai||Come here|
|E huri||Turn around|
|Tauhunahuna||Play hide and seek|
|Kia tūpato||Be careful|
|Āta haere||Go slow|
|Kia tere||Be quick|
|Aru mai i ahau||Follow me|
|Kei te haere koe hi hea?||Where are you going?|
|Ka aru ahau i a koe||I'm going to chase you|
|Ka nui tēnā, e te tau||That's enough, my darling|