Why do it?
- When whānau copy baby’s sounds, they’re telling baby that they’ve heard baby’s sound, and that they can make that sound too.
- When baby hears whānau copying their sounds, this encourages baby to keep making them, which in turn strengthens their ability to continue making sounds (and trying new ones).
- Copying baby’s sounds (for example, baby’s turn, parent’s turn) also helps baby learn about taking turns in a conversation.
How to do it
- Do this activity when baby is relaxed and ready for some interaction.
- Whānau can wait for baby to make a sound and then copy it.
- Or they can get the conversation going with a sound they know baby can make.
- Leave a space for baby to have their ‘say’ before ‘replying’.
Using more te reo Māori
|Kōrero mai||Talk to me|
|Waiata mai||Sing to me|
|Tino pai koe ki te kōrero||You're very good at talking|
|Rōreka||Sweet singing, tuneful|
|Tāwhaitia, Whakahuahuatia||To imitate or mimic|
|Pārore||To be relaxed|
|Ka pai koe||Well done you|
|Kātahi nā te pēpi mōhio, ko koe||What a clever baby you are|