Why do it?
- This activity helps baby build on their crawling skills by gradually adding a bit more challenge.
- Baby can hear the words that mirror their experience — ‘Up onto the cushion…down off the cushion…through the box…under the table…between the chairs…’ and so on.
How to do it
- Begin with a low cushion — encourage baby to get up onto it and then down off it again.
- Add a box with both ends pushed out that baby can crawl through.
- Add something that baby can go under (maybe the coffee table).
- Add something that baby can go between (try two chairs).
- Try going round the course with baby.
- If baby doesn’t want to do any part of the course, that’s fine. It’s a simple enough activity to set up and try again later.
Using more te reo Māori
|Kei runga||Up on|
|He aha kei raro i te pouaka?||What's under the box?|
|Ka pai||Well done|
|Haramai, e te tau||Come here, my darling|
|Kei raro i te tēpu||Under the table|
|Aru mai i ahau||Follow me|
|Kei muri i te tūru||Behind the chair|
|Kei te haere koe ki hea?||Where are you going?|
|Ki te taha||To the side|
|Nōku te wā||My turn|
|Nōu te wā||Your turn|
|Kino kē koe, e te tau!||Your'e awesome my darling!|