Why do it?
- Experiences with hiding and finding things help baby to develop and strengthen their understanding of ‘object permanence’.
- Activities with whānau strengthen their relationship with baby and help build baby’s language.
How to do it
- You’ll need:
- objects to hide — start with baby’s favourite toy
- covers for hiding things under, such as containers (both transparent and opaque), and a cloth or small blanket.
- Let baby watch as you hide their soft toy under the cover. Ask baby, ‘Where’s Teddy?’ If necessary, partly reveal Teddy and ask again.
- Encourage baby to move the covering to find Teddy and show your excitement when they do.
- Try hiding Teddy in other places and ask the question again.
- Repeat the game with a different objects.
Using more te reo Māori
|Ngā taonga tākaro, ngā takawairore||Toys or playthings|
|Piringa||Shelter, hiding place|
|Kimi(hia)||Look for, search|
|Teti pea||Teddy bear|
|Kei hea a Teti?||Where's Teddy?|
|Kei hea te paoro?||Where's the ball?|
|Kei hea ngā pukapuka?||Where are the books?|
|Kino kē koe, e te tau!||You're awesome my darling!|
|Kātahi nā te tama mōhio, ko koe||What a clever boy you are|
|He aha kei raro i te pouaka?||What's under the box?|
|He hū tēnei||This is a shoe|