A fun way for tamariki to connect to te moana (the sea) by dancing like a seaweed while soft, sea music is playing. Doing this with tamariki can help to build their physical fitness, strength, skills, and confidence.

Why do it?

  • Activities like this contribute to a child’s overall health and wellbeing.
  • Strengthen language by expanding vocabulary, asking and answering questions, and sharing and discussing ideas
  • Build their physical fitness and strength at the same time as their skills and confidence
  • Develop their eye-hand coordination
simple illustration of big waves
simple illustration of big waves

How to do it

You’ll need: Music and a light scarf, strip of material or long strips of paper.

  1. Put on soft, swishing sea music.
  2. Dance and sway like kelp/seaweed on the tide. Use a scarf or paper strips to dance with - make them move like seaweed.

Extra: Head to the beach with your whānau and play in the shallow waves.

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
The sea