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Session notes for Rata and his waka Stages: 19 to 24 months


This pakiwaitara — the legend of Rata and his waka — may be a nice one to start reading or telling to a tamaiti at this age. It lends itself to lots of drama and actions.

Their tamaiti will enjoy this 'active story' but dad and mum may need some extra encouragement to join in the fun.

For example:

  • Rata wanted to build a waka to help his people cross the seas

Rowing actions and looking out to the horizon

  • Rata searched high and low in the ngahere

Looking up and down and around

  • He found a tree and began to chop

Chopping actions

  • He returned to his village, proud of his work

Happy — tapping himself on chest

  • The creatures of the forest were not happy

Chirping, clicking noises

  • Rata returns to the tree

Looks up and up with surprise

Repeat all of the above three times.

How does this relate to the SKIP resources?

Baby Wall Frieze - Ka taea au ki te mātakitaki - I can watch

Six things children need -Te tūāpapa mō te tika me te hē - Limits and boundaries

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