Learning Through Play

Build a House for the 3 Little Pigs

(From Tishylishy)

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Themed Playdough

Stick Puppets

Make stick puppets of the people in your whānau, then create a play. You may even want to video your play and share it with your home group teacher!

Paper Chains

How many people are in your family? Make a paper chain and decorate each person.


Thank You Card

Make a thank you card for someone in your whānau. Include a colourful picture on the front. Remember to say who your card is to, and who it is from.

Make Aboriginal Rhythm Sticks

Rhythm sticks are a traditional Australia Aboriginal instrument. They are often used in important ceremonies. Make your own here.

Make a Japanese Fan

Fans have been used in Japanese history, to show status and even to communicate messages. Make your own Japanese fan.

Chinese Paper Plate Dragon

Dragons are a symbol of great power, good luck and strength in China. Click on this link for a fun Chinese dragon craft.

Paper Doll Family

Make a paper doll chain, and decorate them as members of your family!

Family Origami House

Follow these instructions to make a family origami house.

World Map Creator

Make a map of the world for your wall.

Dad Rocks

Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful Dads, Step-Dads, Grandads and other special people!

Check out the video of this great craft for Dad or special person in your life.

How to Make Paper Planes

Click on this link for some easy paper planes ideas.


Paper Garage

Check out this fabulous paper garage Kate made! Kate and the rest of the Kahikatea team, would love to see what you can make.

Draw a Daffodil

Build skills for handwriting by drawing a daffodil. You might also enjoy these fun cut and make daffodil and piwakawaka options.

Young Ocean Explorers

Check out this great link to the Young Ocean Explorers. Anton the Whale Man has loaded a cool 'How to draw' segment. He shares some interesting facts about the creatures he draws.

Once you've done the 'How to draw', you can take part in a competition by asking someone in your bubble to check out the Young Ocean Explorers Facebook page and enter your picture.

Bird Spotting

Spend some time looking for birds in your garden. View a list of NZ garden birds to look out for, and keep a tally of each one you spot. View the video (see left) on how to make a bird feeder.

Create your own animal!

Spend 5-10 mins listing or drawing all the animals you can think of. Review your list. Take a blank piece of paper and fold into three, so you have space for a head, body and tail. Now choose three animals to make your own, new creature (example picture on the left). Give your animal a name.

The Day the Crayons Quit - Art

Create a picture that uses all of the colours in the book… just like Duncan did. You may want to use crayons, coloured pencils, or felts.



Music with Kate

Watch Kate's video. She has some great ideas about how to make a musical instrument at home!

Coding and Robot Remote

Head to https://scratch.mit.edu/ideas to learn about coding. Make your robot work by writing code! Download the Scratch Junior app to do further coding. After that, you might like to make a robot remote (see picture on the right).

Plate Tennis

Get some paper plates (or cut large circles from cereal or other old boxes at home), find some sticks, and a balloon or soft ball and you're away...paper plate tennis!

Fruit Juice Song and Dance

Can you learn the Fruit Juice song and dance? We could have a go at doing this all together when we get back to school!

Vegetable Stamps

Get some vegetables (potato, carrot, onion, celery all work well) and create pictures. See here for ideas.

Here is a recipe for making your own paint at home, using flour, salt, water and food colouring.