A simple activity to connect tamariki with their whakapapa. It helps promote a sense of connectedness and belonging, and is a fun way to spend time together.

Why do it?

  • Promotes a sense of whānau connectedness and belonging.
  • Toddlers and whānau enjoy sharing time together.
  • This activity helps baby expand their vocabulary. Baby will have noticed whānau pointing to and naming things and people — both in books and in the real world. Before too long, baby will begin to point too, wanting whānau to give names to things.
  • Being able to listen is a very important skill that supports learning and strengthens relationships.
illustration of a framed picture of someone
illustration of a framed picture of someone

How to do it

You’ll need: A photo of an ancestor or someone in your whānau.

  1. Choose a photo of someone from your whānau you love.
  2. Cuddle up on the couch or in a blanket.
  3. Share stories about this person.
  4. Blow a kiss up to Pōhutukawa for this special person.

Extra: Make a special frame for your photo using cardboard and decorations.

Using more te reo Māori

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