When you talk, read and sing with your
tamariki, you help them develop important connections, language and social skills.
Keep an eye on this page for themed resources to download and use. Or pick up an activity sheet from your local library on your next visit!
Find more activities and resources below.
Talking with young
tamariki is a brain-building activity. Every time you talk to a
pēpi, new connections are being made in their brain.
The more you engage, the more they learn to understand and use new words and concepts.
Try commenting on what they are looking at. Doing this gives them words and sentences that match their interest at that moment.
“The bird is flying. Can you see the wings fluttering?”
Reading to young tamariki helps build their language and early literacy skills and helps them get ready for school.
For pēpi and toddlers, the most important part of reading is interacting while you’re reading.
You can talk about the pictures in the book, make fun comments, ask questions and connect the story to their life.
“That dog has fluffy white fur! Do you think it feels like grandad’s beard?”
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