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Play ideas and activities I spy — Kei te kite ahau Stages: 3 to 5 years

Why do it?

Why do it — He aha e mahi ai?

We can play ‘I spy’ with tamariki so that they:

  • have a playful way of strengthening their thinking, problem-solving and language skills
  • enjoy a game that can be played anywhere
  • enhance their observation skills
  • can practise taking turns.

How to do it

How to do it — He aha te tikanga mō tēnei mahi

  • Make it easy to start with, so your tamaiti experiences success.
  • Try playing ‘I spy’ while sharing a picture book together, using objects shown in the pictures.
  • Instead of using the letters of the alphabet for clues, use shape, colour, size, texture, length, weight, speed, or what something is made of or used for.
  • In English the tradition is to say, ‘I spy with my little eye something that’s... [blue], [round], [furry].’ How would it be said in the language of your whānau?
  • Tamariki can have a guess or could ask questions to get extra help: ‘Is it in the car or outside?’ or, ‘What shape is it?’, ‘Is it red?’
  • If they guess it correctly they then have a turn to choose something of their own for you to guess. But if you think they’re struggling or getting bored, give them some more help.

 

Other ideas — Ētahi atu whakaaro

  • Change from ‘I spy’, to ‘I hear’, ‘I smell’ or ‘I’m thinking about’.
  • Use different clues such as, ‘I’m thinking about something / someone / somewhere that...’ For example, ‘I’m thinking of somewhere that there’s a fish pond.’
  • Rhyming words can be clues too: ‘I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with ‘mouse’, and it’s got doors.’
  • When your tamaiti is ready for a challenge, try using the ‘sound’ of the starting letter. For example, say something like, ‘I hear with my little ear something that starts with “d”’ (dog, digger, doorbell) or, ‘I smell with my little nose something that’s cooked in the earth’ (hāngī).

Using more reo Māori

I see

‘Kei te kite ahau i...’ or ‘E kite ana ahau i...’

I hear

Kei te rongo ahau i...

I smell

Kei te rongo ahau i te kakara o...

I am thinking about

Kei te whakaaro ahau mo...

Something

Tētahi mea

Something red

Tētahi mea whero

Round

Porotaka

Square

Porowhā

Near

Tata

Far

Pāmamao

Smooth

Mania

Rough

Taratara

Long

Roa

Short

Poto

Heavy

Taumaha

Light

Māmā

Fast

Tere