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Play ideas and activities Dressing up — Ngā whakaari ā-whānau Stages: 3 to 5 years

Why do it?

Why do it? — He aha e mahi ai?

Dressing up and role-play is a great way to:

•   pretend to be someone else, which helps tamariki learn to understand another person’s perspective

•   have fun telling and retelling stories, which can help tamariki to work through issues that may be troubling them

•   help tamariki make good use of their imagination and learn about other people in the world around them.

How to do it

How to do it — Te tikanga mō tēnei mahi

•    Have a selection of hats, scarves, bags, pieces of material and other assorted clothing that tamariki can choose from.

•    Ask tamariki who they are being and what else they need for their role.

•    Act out familiar stories or events, such as legends about people like Māui, tales such as ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, or more modern stories with heroes like Superman.

•    Encourage them to think creatively. Ask them what they could use to ‘invent’ props to add to their play — for example, Māui’s waka or the Batmobile.

•    You can make animal ‘ears’ using cardboard or paper. Tape the ears to a headband or make a circle of cardboard and staple the ears on.

•    Make tails with pieces of fabric, or a leg cut from an old pair of pantyhose and stuffed with scraps of material. Tuck it into the back of their pants or tie it to a piece of elastic that fits around their waist.

•    Consider putting on a show for whānau. See the ‘Putting on a show’ activity.

Using more reo Māori

Pretend

Hangarau(a)

Play

Whakaaturanga

Hat

Pōtae

Helmet

Pōtae mārō

Crown

Karauna

Scarf

Kāmeta

Bag

Pēke

Cloak

Korowai

Ears

Taringa

Tail

Whiore

Pretend

Whakaataata

Pirate

Kaitiora

Sailor

Kaumoana

Let’s be animals

Kikararehe tātou

What do you need?

He aha tō pīrangi?

I need some long ears

He taringa roa tōku pīrangi