The whenua we share
This activity connects, and encourages exploration of the shared spaces around us.
From listening comes understanding. And that's what this activity is all about.
Exploring Te Tiriti o Waitangi
A reflective activity where tamariki look at the positive contributions they can make for future generations by upholding te Tiriti.
Anzac Day and Ki-O-Rahi
Ki-o-rahi was played by the 28th Māori Battalion during the Italian campaign, where it's called Palla Māori.
Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa - NZ Music Month
There is no better time to add more waiata and kanikani to your classroom routine!
Here are our top 10 ways how.
An activity that helps us understand our role as kaitiaki and the sustainable practice we can have here in Aotearoa.
Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa Fun - Conservation Week Fun
A whole set of ideas and activities to support you in getting your tamariki involved, inspired and nurturing te taiao
Noticing our feelings
An emotions check-in activity to support tamariki emotional literacy and their day at school or kura.
Let's take a brain break!
Give tamariki hard-working brains a solid rest with brain breaks, so they can get back to their mahi feeling fresh as!
A fun wellbeing boost which supports tamariki emotional literacy and kanikani moves!
Ngoi Waves (Energy Waves)
A fun favourite for kaiako and tamariki for setting or re-setting our ngoi (energy) as moana waves.
Ngahuru mindful colouring
Sometimes we just need something simple and mindful to re-fill our cup. Ngahuru (Autumn) colouring can be where it's at!
Good things bunting
Print or recreate bunting to brighten the day. Use string & staples to make.
20 ways to play through the holidays
A printable PDF to send home for the holidays to encourage tamariki to continue to play.
Compliment musical freeze
Combining kanikani and kindness! Explore compliments, then tamariki kanikani, freeze and give a great compliment e noho to their nearest peer.
This activity is all about looking for kind and good things, counteracting our negativity bias. Ending with tamariki making a paper aeroplane filled with the good.
Have a game of Lape!
This is a fun game taught to us by our Samoan buddies. It's thankfully got simple rules - softball with any ball (volleyballs are ka pai) and your hand, as a bat.
Manu of a feather
Think 'flocking' of manu, where tamariki work together to move 'as one' - a mindful, connected, slow-mo kanikani!
Whare Tapa Whā through the holidays!
Spend time with tamariki thinking about what they can do with whānau over the holidays to boost they Hauora and oranga together.
Takurua (winter) wellbeing boosts
This activity is all about doubling down on takurua wellbeing, which means thinking of ways you can nurture your tamariki wellbeing and hauora, and so you receive some of the benefits too!
Matariki kōhatu (stones)
Learn about the 9 Matariki whetū (stars) that make up the Matariki cluster, especially Hiwa-i-te-rangi - the wishing star! Then paint kōhatu (stones) with whetū
Matariki is important in our Aotearoa context and te Ao Māori. It marks the beginning of a new year, a time to reflect, be present and plan for the year ahead.
Matariki is a wonderful time to spend some time being mindful and present. In this way tamariki can sink into the slower takurua time.
Te Whare Tapa Whā a day at a time…
Using the concept of an advent calendar, your tamariki open a window of Te Whare Tapa Whā boosting activities each day to support their hauora!
Matariki whetū artwork
This is a really simple and effective way to create some art of the Matariki whetū. Make in advance of your Matariki event for whānau to complete together.
Set some goals!
It can be really helpful to support tamariki growth mindset with goal setting. This one includes some artwork and thinking about the ara (journey) to reach goals.
A wee alternative to the 'what I did over the holidays' writing that includes some mindful, pinpointing of specific magic moments.
Big and positive emotions with Te Whare Tapa Whā
A whole wiki of activities based around noticing the beauty around us, sprinkled with a good dose of gratitude
Random Acts of Kindness Bingo
Alongside some kind prompts, this little game played over a day or week should shift the focus and support the fact that kindness is cool!
Encouraging pukapuka love
Sometimes tamariki need some help finding their love for pukapuka. Here's an activity to help tamariki find some pukapuka joy using Te Whare Tapa Whā.
Embracing Te Reo Māori with Te Whare Tapa Whā
We've got a whole wiki of activities to inspire your ākonga to grow and develop their te Reo Māori while continuing their hauora learning with Te Whare Tapa Whā.
We've got a whole wiki of activities lined up that support the learning of how we can care for our hauora. Each activity links to an aspect of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Exploring the power of a meaningful compliment and bringing tamariki together. An awesome way to start the day, or a nice end to the day (or both)
Dialling up our strengths
Supporting the kōrero around our strengths and personal potential. We all have strengths, sometimes we just need help using them
A beautiful opportunity for tamariki to consider the strengths of those around them, starting with famous people but also spotting the strengths of their classmates
Taking the school day outside
Awesome activities and ideas all about taking your tamariki and their learning outside to get all these bonus benefits te taiao has to offer
A wiki of play and Te Whare Tapa Whā
Using the concept of an advent calendar, your tamariki open a window each day to reveal a small and simple way to boost hauora
Our gratitude rākau
Blending coloring with gratitude this activity creates an opportunity to think and reflect on all the good in our lives
My point of view
Supporting tamariki to develop empathy and begin to understand that how they feel in a scenario can be entirely different to someone else