Play ideas and activities Waiata, rhymes and fingerplay Stages: 7 to 12 months

Why do it?

  • Singing provides a rich experience — tune, rhythm, harmony, movement, language and culture — all enhancing the development of connections in baby’s brain.
  • Singing is also a fun way of repeating an experience, which makes brain pathways stronger.
  • Singing releases endorphins (‘feel good’ hormones), which benefit baby and whānau.
  • When whānau sing with baby it strengthens their relationship.

How to do it

  • Sing anywhere and anytime.
  • Sing in your family’s language(s).
  • Make up songs to accompany your daily activities — for example, you can sing a nappy-changing song to the tune of ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’: ‘This is the way we… ‘change a nap’ ‘clean that bottom’ ‘put on powder’ ‘do up the flaps’ ‘have a cuddle’.
  • Try some finger rhymes — maybe you remember ones from your childhood? ‘Round and round the garden’ is an old school favourite.

Using more te reo Māori

Pārekareka Enjoyable, fun
Waiata mai Sing to me
Rehia Pleasure, amusement
Waiata Song
Rōreka Sweet singing, tuneful
Puoro Song, music
Waiatahia, paoa To sing
Toiere Singing
Ūngeri Rhythm, cadence
Reo niko Harmony (music)
Oriori Lullaby
Kanikani Dance
Waiata ā-ringa Action songs
Pakipaki Clap hands
Rangi Tune
Ringaringa Hand
Ngā matimati Fingers
Mānānana To wiggle
A ha ka maOpens in new window Songs in 'Songs and Rhymes' section
AEIOUOpens in new window  
E rere taku poiOpens in new window  
E toru ngā meaOpens in new window  
E tūOpens in new window  
Haere, haere, hīkoi haereOpens in new window  
Ka mateOpens in new window  
Kōrero parirauOpens in new window  
Tō ringa ki rotoOpens in new window  
Mā is whiteOpens in new window  
Mēnā harikoa koe, pakipakiOpens in new window  
Moe moe pēpiOpens in new window  
MotokāOpens in new window  
Motokā māwheroOpens in new window  
My little mokopunaOpens in new window  
Ngā Tamariki o MatarikiOpens in new window  
Pipi manu eOpens in new window  
PūrerehuaOpens in new window  
RakirakiOpens in new window  
Rere atuOpens in new window  
Tahi is oneOpens in new window  
Tēnā koeOpens in new window  
Tirama, tīrama ngā whetuOpens in new window  
Titiro:LookOpens in new window  
Tohorā nuiOpens in new window  
Tūtira mai ngā iwiOpens in new window  
Upoko, pokohiwiOpens in new window