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A simple way to celebrate Matariki with whānau.

Why do it?

  • To strengthen the fine muscles in their hands and fingers, which will help them when they start writing letters and numbers.
  • Home is the first learning place and the whānau are the first teachers a child has.
  • A young child doesn’t always need special learning activities. Simple everyday household activities and routines can provide learning experiences in a familiar environment.

How to do it

You’ll need: Some paper and pens, kai to share, your Hiwa-i-te-rangi wish.

  1. Set a Matariki shared-kai date for friends and whānau.
  2. Make some invitations - be sure to include whētu (stars) and give them out.
  3. Share kai and enjoy your time together!
  4. Once dark, go outside together and send your wishes to hiwa-i-te-rangi.

Extra: You might like to make whētu shaped chips or cupcakes with star decorations.

Using more te reo Māori

Whētu

Star

Night

Hiahia

To wish

Tohatoha

To share

Rīwai parai

Hot chips