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Session notes for Out and about — Te haerenga Stages: 3 to 5 years


Going out doesn’t always mean spending money. There are plenty of free and interesting things for a young child to explore on a short walk when accompanied by an engaged adult.

Meanwhile, safety is always a subject to talk about with tamariki when we are outdoors.

Pātai atu ki te whānau:

  • What have you noticed about your tamaiti when you visit places outside?
  • What sort of things are they interested in?
  • What sort of environments do they enjoy?

Look at Whakatipu booklet Te Māhuri 1, page 16. It suggests taking notice of the environment while you’re out and about on foot.

The best learning happens when adults let themselves slow down and enjoy the trip too. Letting our tamaiti stop, look, climb steps, jump in puddles, balance on low walls and swing around poles makes a simple walk lots of fun, active learning.

Pātai atu ki te whānau:

  • Where have you and your tamaiti walked to before?
  • What sort of things did you notice on your walk?
  • What is it that your tamaiti seems most interested in?
  • Can we see people working as we walk along the street?
  • What sort of questions or comments might you make to get them exploring particular ideas? They could be about colours, differences, animals, people, cars, numbers, shapes or smells.

Te Māhuri 2, pages 14–15, reminds us of all the learning that takes place at te papa tākaro.

Mahi pāngarau

Activities at the playground help tamariki develop motor skills and confidence, but also provide real-life examples of mathematical concepts.

Height, distance, length, speed, counting and balance are all ‘in action’ through fun at te papa tākaro. Whānau could ask questions like:

  • How many steps up the slide?
  • Why are you up on the see-saw and I’m down?

Mahi pūtaiao

Early science learning can be as easy as talking about nature as we walk. Ask tamaiti questions like:

  • Can we find houses that have flowers or trees in the yard?
  • What birds can we see?
  • What’s different about the sky today?

Who knew? You’re raising a little scientist!

Haere ki tātahi

Places like the beach have endless opportunities for exploring nature. Tamariki also learn about science, maths and language at the beach by naming objects, being able to describe them, and seeing the differences and similarities between items they discover.

Beach walks are great for collecting things too, and the conversations can then be continued back at home.

Pātai atu ki te whānau:

  • What do they need from you when they’re absorbed in outside play?
  • How could you encourage or extend their play?

How does this relate to the SKIP resources?

Baby wall frieze - Ka taea au ki te mātakitaki.  I can watch — I can see and learn more about this beautiful world when you take me outside to exploreOpens in new window

Six things children need - Te hanga ao tōtika, ao haumaru.  Structured and secure world — exploring away from home. I can be helped to understand what is safe and what is notOpens in new window

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