Tupuārangi Activity tray prompts

Tupuārangi Activity tray prompts

Tupuārangi is one of the nine stars in the group of stars called Matariki.

This pack is inspired by Tupuārangi the star connected to everything that grows above the earth, from fruit and vegetables to trees and birds.

Our pack includes nine pages of prompts and activity sheets that will inspire tamariki creativity and encourage their love for the natural world. With kaiako prompts, tamariki can learn about the importance of kererū, the native bird of Aotearoa that plays a vital role in seed dispersal, and have the chance to colour in Tupuārangi.

Our weaving activity is a great way to introduce tamariki to the art of flax weaving, a traditional Māori practice that has been used for generations and continues today. With a karakia for collecting harakeke included, your tamariki can learn about the significance of this practice and its connection to Tupuārangi.

Other ideas to celebrate Tupuārangi

Discuss Tupuārangi with tamariki to teach about interconnectedness of all living things. Activities could include storytelling, crafts, and outdoor exploration, emphasising how trees, birds, and fruits are part of a larger ecosystem.

Kaiako can involve whānau in activities related to Upuārangi, such as sharing stories from their own backgrounds about food sources that come from nature or involve them in planting trees fostering a sense of community.

Promote well-being by teaching tamariki to respect and care for nature. This can include physical activities like bird watching or fruit picking, which connect directly to Tupuārangi themes.

Foster exploration and curiosity about the natural world by setting up nature walks, bird watching sessions, and learning about the different types of fruits and trees, tying back to the celestial connection of Tupuārangi.

Integrating Tupuārangi with Te Whāriki involves creating a learning environment that respects and incorporates Māori cultural heritage, promotes an understanding of nature, and aligns with the holistic, inclusive, and exploratory principles of Te Whāriki. By doing so, kaiako can provide enriching, culturally meaningful experiences that foster a deep connection with both the taiao (environment) and the cultural roots of the tamariki.


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