Why do it?
- This activity helps baby expand their vocabulary. Baby will have noticed whānau pointing to and naming things and people — both in books and in the real world. Before too long, baby will begin to point too, wanting whānau to give names to things.
- When baby points and looks at their whānau to hear their response, baby is learning about conversations, how people take turns when they’re talking together.
How to do it
- Point to what baby seems to be looking at and name it for them — follow their interest.
- If you notice things that are interesting, point to them and tell baby what they see.
- Baby probably already enjoys repetition, and soon this ‘pointing and naming’ will become a game.
- When you think baby is ready, try using a couple of extra descriptive words when baby points — for example, ‘Ball. It’s a red ball!’ (This is known as ‘stretch talk’.)
- This is a simple way of playing together and baby learns a lot — they have their own ‘personal advisor’ on the world.
Using more te reo Māori
|Arohia||Paying attention to, interested in|
|Whakahahakitia||Point out, draw attention to|
|He aha tērā||What's that? (over there)|
|He ........... tērā||That's a ........ (over there)|
|He aha tēnā?||What's that? (near you)|
|He ........... tēnā?||That (near me) is a ......|
|He aha tēnei?||What's this? (near me)|
|He ........... tēnā||That (near you) is a ......|
|Teti pea||Teddy bear|
|Kupuāhua||Adjective, describing word|