Why do it?
- Looking for objects appeals to a curious toddler who enjoys finding and exploring independently.
- Looking and finding provides opportunities for toddlers’ language development, such as:
- using ‘parallel’ talk — parents describe what their toddler is doing
- adding vocabulary through parents naming and describing objects their toddler has found
- encouraging learning of a second language by parents using it to describe and name objects.
- Objects are selected by parents, so they’re ‘safe’ and ‘allowed’ items.
- The ‘seeking’ component adds interest to the child’s everyday toys or objects.
How to do it
- Gather a range of containers like cardboard boxes, a washing basket, an old handbag, a shoebox and a bucket, and fill each with an assortment of safe objects.
- Give one of the containers to your child and let them discover and explore the items inside.
- Describe what they’ve found and talk with them about the different objects.
- Objects could be grouped (for example, just soft toys or clothing items) or be a random mixture of safe household objects.
- You could also include another smaller container with contents — for example, a sock filled with clothes pegs.
- Save a variety of empty boxes and fit them inside each other. Or, put an object inside each box — your child can explore them one-by-one.
- If you don’t have any suitable boxes or containers, try filling a pillowcase, or cover a selection of objects with a towel and let them discover ‘what’s underneath?’
Using more te reo Māori
|Me mātakitia||Have a look|
|Kei te kite ahau he ...||I see a ....|
|Kimi(hia)||To look for|
|Huakina te taupoki||Open the lid|
|He aha kei roto?||What's inside?|
|He aha tēnei?||What's this?|
|Kōrero mai||Talk to me|
|E kimi ana au mō he....||I'm looking for...|