Waitangi day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. At Lighthouse at-home we chose to commemorate this day with the little ones by drawing korus and teaching them how to swing and dance with pois.
These activities were done in the weeks leading up to Waitangi day when our visiting teachers did their monthly visit to our home-based educators. As Waitangi Day is an important date for New Zealanders, we feel it’s vital to introduce it to the children and we have decided to do this through Maori inspired activities in order to help the children to remember what they were learning. The drawing and creating of Koru’s was one of the activities we chose to do to commemorate Waitangi day with the children as Koru’s represent new life and harmony.
Another activity our teachers used to introduce Waitangi Day to the children was pois. This activity got a lot of smiles and attention as the children loved swinging the pois around.
Although it took them a wee while to get the hang of it, once the children learnt how to dance with the pois there was no stopping them from swinging and swirling them around to celebrate Waitangi Day.
Not only were these activities helpful in teaching the children about Waitangi Day and our bicultural heritage in New Zealand activities, it also helped to develop the children’s fine motor skills with the drawing of Korus, and gross motor skills with the dancing and swinging of the pois. Our visiting teachers are always aware of what’s going on in the children’s worlds and they use these opportunities to incorporate learning in creative ways.
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