Why do it?
Why do it? — He aha e mahi ai?
Talking about and making things that fly means that tamariki can:
- explore ideas about flight: speed, distance, height and direction
- make estimations about distance and height
- use simple resources like paper and scissors to create something that flies or spins
- have fun outside in the fresh air.
How to do it
How to do it — Te tikanga mō tēnei mahi
- Explore natural things when you’re out and about together, and test to see what will spin or float in the air. Look for feathers or seeds, like the ones that come from the sycamore tree or the fluffy ones from dandelions and thistles.
- Ask your tamaiti open-ended questions like, ‘Why do you think some things fly and others don’t?’ and ‘What helps things to fly?’
- Watch birds and talk about the way they fly. Introduce words like ‘swooping’, ‘gliding’, ‘hovering’, ‘diving’ and ‘darting’.
- Try making a parachute using a paper towel or serviette:
- Tape each corner to strengthen them before punching a hole through.
- Cut 4 pieces of string or wool, each as long as the side of the paper.
- Tie one piece of string through each corner hole and then tie all the ends together to make the parachute.
- Test the parachute by dropping it from a height. You could stand on a chair or drop it off a deck.
Other ideas — Ētahi atu whakaaro
- Check out demonstrations on the internet for making paper helicopters and paper gliders(external link) .
- Learn the waiata poi ‘E rere taku poi’.
- Borrow books from the library on flight.
Using more reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Rere rere To fly, flow, flee, leap, escape, go into action (any gliding movement), rush, run, race, descend Maori | Verb||Fly|
|Waka rererangi waka rererangi Aeroplane, plane, aircraft Maori | Noun||Airplane|
|Toparere toparere Helicopter Maori | Noun||Helicopter|
|Heketau heketau Parachute Maori | Noun||Parachute|
|Waka rererangi pepa||Paper airplane|
|Whakamānu whakamānu (-tia) To float, launch, refloat. Maori | Verb||To launch|
|Whakatopa whakatopa To soar, swoop Maori | Verb||Swoop|
|Whakakoko whakakoko To soar, move stealthily Maori | Verb||Soar|
|Whakatere(a) whakatere(a) To steer, navigate (a canoe), buoy up, float, accelerate, speed up, hasten, quicken Maori | Verb||Float|
|Topaki topaki To hover (as a bird) Maori | Verb||Hover|
|Niti niti Dart - used for a traditional game and made of a fern stalk with the thicker end bound with a piece of green flax to form a knob. The dart was thrown to ricochet off a mound Maori | Noun||Dart|
|Kopa kopa To pass by, disappear Maori | Verb||Fly about|
|Pehea te tawhiti?||How far?|
|Pehea te tere?||How fast?|