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Te Whare Tapa Whā a day at a time…

Open a window each day over the month to reveal a fun (and simple) wellbeing activity which aligns with one or more of te Whare Tapa Whā pou. 

Firstly, the science...

The science of wellbeing behind an advent ‘type’ calendar lies in its ability to create a sense of anticipation, happiness, and mindfulness, while in this case, also supporting wellbeing by actively doing things that support any of the 4 pou of our hauora. 

You'll need

To print our Te Whare Tapa Whā One Day at a Time worksheets - either our week-long worksheet for 5 fun-filled days or our month-long version for 23 days of hauora missions.

What to do

Print off the 2 Te Whare Tapa Whā One Day at a Time worksheets onto A3 paper. Ask some of your tamariki to help put your whare together. 

They can colour the whare, cut 3 edges of each window (so that they open!), and carefully attach the whare on top of the activities page. We'd recommend gluing the whare on top of the activities with the windows open, then closing these up once the glue has completely dried. A small piece of blue tack will hold the windows shut again, if needed. 


Each day - find a time that keeps your routine in place, peel back one of the windows to reveal your tiny hauora mission! Think through together which of te Whare Tapa pou the activity supports - 

  • Taha wairua (spiritual health) - mindfulness, noticing, being present

  • Taha whānau - connecting with each other 

  • Taha tinana (physical health) - moving, 'active' activities

  • Taha hinengaro (mental health) - emotional literacy, doing things we enjoy...

Reward yourselves at the end of your advent calendar for committing to your hauora and your tamariki hauora! 

Whānau engagement

You might want to record these being opened and send them home via Seesaw or other online platforms. This will act as reminders and include whānau!

Or, print the sheets onto A4 and tamariki could take home for whānau participation too!

And to add to this...

If you'd like another fun activity all about looking out for our wellbeing using Te Whare Tapa Whā try our Big and positive emotions with Te Whare Tapa Whā or try our Hauora explorers which uses the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Curriculum Links

Health and PE Curriculum  

Personal Health and physical development: A1 - Personal growth and development 

Personal Health and physical development: A2 - Regular physical activity

Movement concepts and motor skills: B1 - Movement skills

Relationships with other people: C1 - Relationships

Relationships with other people: C2 - Identity, sensitivity, and respect 

Relationships with other people: C3 - Interpersonal skills

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