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.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Whetū whetū Star - sometimes also used for other celestial bodies, e.g. comets. Stars were observed carefully as they were important indicators of time and particular stars and star clusters were omens of aspects of life, including crop success Maori | Noun||Star|
|Pō pō Darkness, night Maori | Noun||Night|
|Hiahia hiahia To desire, wish for, want, crave, need Maori | Experience verb||To wish|
|Tohatoha tohatoha To spread around, spread out, spread abroad, distribute, share, deal (cards) Maori | Verb||Share|
|Rīwai pakapaka||Hot chips|