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A wiki of play and Te Whare Tapa Whā

Open a window each day to reveal a fun and simple activity to bring a little bit of adventure and excitement into your wiki

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. 

Why this activity?

This activity supports tamariki to begin to see the effects our actions can have on our hauora. 

What to do

Print the 2 wiki of play and Te Whare Tapa Whā worksheets onto A3 paper. Ask some of your tamariki to help put your whare together. 

Tamariki can work together to colour the whare, cut 3 edges of each window (so that they open!), and carefully attach the whare on top of the activities page. From experience, 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! If you can have a kōrero with your tamariki afterwards around how that activity supported our wellbeing, how did that activity make you feel?

Whānau engagement

Share this Sports NZ resource with whānau to support play at home

Share our 'Why play is important in tough times' handout with whānau to share the importance of play with those at home

And to add to this...

If you enjoyed this advert calendar style activity, try Te Whare Tapa Whā a day at a time, it'll bring a whole month of hauora missions for your tamariki!
Another awesome activity all about learning how our actions can affect our wellbeing is Hauora explorers.

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

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