Tahi-Series 1

Kanohi-My Face


  • Play the game with tamariki. This will come naturally and children will love to show their skills!
  •  Utilise the reo from Kanohi throughout the day by asking tamariki “Kei hea ō Hū? Where are your shoes?” or “Kei hea te pukapuka? Where is the book?”
  •  Use an overhead projector to cast a silouhette shadow of each childs kanohi. Trace around and draw in the whatu, taringa, waha etc together.
  •  Use tinfoil squares to make a “face mould” of each childs kanohi.
  •  Practice drawing kanohi with each of the kupu for the parts of the face. Try pairing tamariki and asking them to draw eachother.
  •  Read Kanohi with the assistance of a mirror (similar prop w reflection) so that children can see their own 'kanohi' while pointing to the different parts. Note: this also helps with pronunciation as tamariki tend to mimic mouth movements and can visually see their own mouths moving as they say each kupu aloud
  •  Teachers/educators could change their intonation using the phrasing in the book to create the question form: "he waha tēnei?", "he taringa ēnei?" to which the tamariki could respond with "ae/kao" etc therefore extending the language again


  • Tamariki love to empathise with animals and what better way than with practising their noises. “He hipi tēnei-This is a sheep. Baa baa Baa baa!”
  • Add in some extra reo Māori by asking “He aha te tangi o te hipi? What is the sound of the sheep?”
  • Teach the tamariki Māori animal sounds for some of the animals in the pukapuka e.g. "He kuri tēnei, auau" (not woof woof) or "he heihei tēnei, pīkaokao" “He poaka tēnei,oikaoikaoika”etc.
  • Extend the language to other animals relevant to the Māori world by printing out photos/pictures of native birds and insects and indicating "he weta tēnei" he moa + nui tēnei"etc
  • Utilise throughout your day by pointing things out with the reo from Kararehe-Animals E.G. “He inu tēnei. This is a drink.” Or “He poro tēnei. This is a ball.”
  • Extend yourself by adding in a question like “He aha te kupu Māori mō Ball? What is the word in Māori for Ball?” “Poro? Āe-He Poro tēnei.”
  • Provide cut outs for tamariki to colour in and cut around then make a farm with assorted materials and objects. Remember to use kupu Māori throughout.
  • Visit a farm or farm park-utilise a reo Māori theme using kupu from Kararehe. Play some waiata Māori on the way in the pahi!
  • Do an internet search for farm animals and invite tamariki to draw their favourites.

Kākahu-Getting dressed

  • Read Kākahu aloud. Ask the tamariki “Who can put on their own Kākahu? Pōraka? Hū?”
  • Provide a selection of dress ups for tamariki to try. Utilise the reo from Kākahu to help instruct.
  • Play games and races with dress ups.
  • Utilise the reo from Kākhau when tamariki dress dolls, play dress ups or use paper dolls or puzzle dolls if you have them.
  • On a large sheet of newsprint draw around the silouhette of one or each child, as you draw on the clothing utilise the reo from Kākahu. E.g. “Whakamaua tō poraka Tama” “Whakamaua ō tōkena Tama” etc.
  • Utilise the reo from Kākahu throughout the day. E.g. When you go outside: “Whakamaua ō Hū. Put on your shoes.” “Whakamaua tō Pōtae. Put on your hat.”...
  • Play a roleplay game and get the tamariki to 'hang the washing' up using props and the words form the pukapuka e.g. "Peter, whakamaua te/ngā tarau ki te raina kākahu" “Peter, put the trousers on the line J.”