Why do it?
- Toddlers are interested in doing things for themselves. Saying ‘Me do it!’ is a sign they are growing up.
- They have been watching their parents and copying what they do.
- They’ve been practising hand-eye co-ordination skills.
- It may take a bit longer for a toddler to do something rather than the parent doing it. However, having the patience to let them try will pay off in the long run as they grow in confidence and achieve goals independently. If they’re keen to do something, they’ll master the skills more readily.
How to do it
- Encourage a young child to take some responsibility for getting dressed.
- They can:
- take off their socks and shoes
- take off some of their clothes
- make little choices about what to wear, such as ‘Blue t-shirt or red one?’
- put on a hat
- put their dirty clothes in the wash.
- Offering choices within the limits can help a toddler feel more in charge, for example ‘Do you want a bath or a shower?’
- Young children can help with simple tasks, for example unpacking some of the shopping, sorting clean washing, washing the car, scrubbing potatoes or rinsing lettuce.
Using more te reo Māori
|Māku e mahi||I do it|
|Tangohia ō kākahu||Take your clothes off|
|Kuhuna ō kākahu moe||Put your pyjamas on|
|Whakahokia koa ō kākahu ki te kāpata||Put your clothes away in the cupboard please|
|He tīhāte whero, he tīhāte pango rānei?||Red t-shirt or blue t-shirt|
|Kei te aha koe?||What are you doing?|
|Ka pirangi koe he tāpu, he tāuwhiuwhi rānei?||Do you want a bath or a shower?|
|Paraihetia ō niho||Brush your teeth|
|Horoia ō ringa||Wash your hands|
|Wetekina ō hū||Take off your shoes|
|Kuhuna ō tōkena||Put on your socks|
|Kei hea ō tiakete?||Where is your jacket?|
|Tikina koa tō pōtae||Fetch your hat please|
|Kino kē koe, e te tau||You're awesome, my darling!|
|Tikina ngā reta||Collect the mail|
|Whiua ki te ipupara||Throw it in the rubbish bin|
|Me horoi tāua ngā pereti||Let's do the dishes|
|Kimihia tō hū||Find your shoe|
|Kei te whakahihi au i a koe||I am very proud of you|
|Me hoki ki te kainga||Let's go back home|