During the coldest time each year the Matariki star cluster comes rising up for the first time in the eastern sky. This occurrence marks the beginning of an important time of year – the Māori New Year. In this series of blogs, Te Papa Education hopes to introduce you to each of the seven members of this star whānau, from the …

During the coldest time each year the Matariki star cluster comes rising up for…

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Christmas Crafts for Kids: Yarn Wrapped Ornaments

Christmas crafts for kids: yarn ornaments that are easy to make and fun to give and pack a big dose of fine motor practice! (Christmas Diy For Kids)

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Manu Tukutuku- Kites

Last year, all of the year five and six students made manu tukutuku to be shown at our annual Calf Club. The idea came from the book ‘Māori Art for Kids’ which you can find here.

Best Matariki books for Primary + FREE follow activity sheets! {Green Grubs Garden Club Blog}

I love having a positive and celebratory learning focus - especially in the middle of winter! Matariki has links to so many areas of the.

Creative interpretation of a traditional Maori kite - Te Manu Tukutuku. Rose (aged 12).

Creative interpretation of a traditional Maori kite - Te Manu Tukutuku.

Make constellations in a tube. I actually do this a lot when we have a spare tube for my kids and for my former daycare I would take dark construction paper scraps and just put it around roughly flat and use a pin to push in the outline of whatever the kids wanted...Great reward. They love it. Or you can, as I did for the older kids, let them select the constellation and I would punch it in. Great cheap activity to WOW any child.

Constellation Viewer-no flashlight needed! Use a book to research which constellation it is? ( Jayson Jayson Jayson Koenig finds the niftiest stuff)

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Summer lemon star cookies and a winner

Summer lemon star cookies very crunchy, crispy and light. These cookies are full of lemon flavor with rich buttery bite.

How to make a manu taratahi

How to make a manu taratahi – Kites and manu tukutuku – Te Ara .

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