Learning Through Play

Learning Through Play

In the Koru team, we love 'Learning Through Play' - many learning opportunities will naturally unfold as children engage in play and have fun.

In the section below are some ideas to help you with your learning through play. Some of these ideas have a link to specific learning areas. You might try a new one each day or continue one over a couple of days.


Tamariki, engage in the kind of play that is of particular interest to you! You might like to investigate a topic of interest, a new hobby or how to play a new game. You might even like to create your own game. We have also put some ideas below.

Painting and Drawing

Paint a picture.

Draw or sketch a picture of something around your house.

Click on the link below and follow along to draw your own very cool treehouse. Art For Kids Hub video

In the garden

Go out into the garden. What do you notice? What could you play with? You might like to do some gardening jobs, such as, weeding, watering plants and picking up leaves.


Learn a new skill: skipping, passing and catching a ball, kicking, shooting a goal, hitting a ball with a bat or racket, sprinting, dribbling a basketball, balancing, doing a handstand, learning how to do a forward roll.

Play Dough

Make and play with some play dough. There are lots of recipes online. We'd love to see a photograph of what you are able to create. Can you use the playdough to make the letters of your own name?

Board Games

Play a board game. Use a deck of cards to play snap or memory. You might even like to design or make up a game. You could make all the pieces you need.


Construct a Lego model. You might build a rocket for NASA, a home for a toy, a playground for a Lego person - the possibilities are endless!


Have a go at making some scones. What could you add to them? Write a review or your own recipe.

(Literacy, Numeracy, Music)


Create your own cafe at home. Think of a name, create a menu and decide who you need to work there.

(Literacy, Numeracy, Music, Art)


Design a marble run. Make it out of boxes, wood, bit of pipe,anything you can find at home. How does gravity help? What is gravity?

(Literacy, Numeracy, Technology, Science)

Obstacle Course

Use items from around your home to create an obstacle course for your family.

(PE, Literacy, Numeracy, Art)


Join in for a fun dance, with Kids Bop Kids Can't stop the feeling

(PE, Music, Art)