Helping tamariki in times of change

It's okay if you’re feeling a bit all over the place right now! Wherever you're at, just know that the little things you're doing are sure to be making a huge difference – both to tamariki returning to school and to those still in their bubbles.

To all you amazing teachers, thank you for continuing to bring such a strong wellbeing focus to your classrooms. We've handpicked some of the best resources we have available to help during the next couple of weeks, and you can find them all here.

Parents and whānau – in our team of five million there have been thousands of champions and unsung heroes, and you fit into both categories! If you're keen for wellbeing ideas to smooth this period of transition, check out: Sparklers At Home.

Together you're proving once again that you've got our tamariki totally covered!

Aroha nui and take care, The Sparklers Team


Here are our 60+ activities, for students in years 1-8. They're modular, flexible and ready to roll!
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Sparklers at Home

Fun wellbeing activities to support whānau to look after their wellbeing and feel good.
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“We’re LOVING the fab activities! Our tamariki are enjoying learning about their brain and how they have the power to change it. It really ties in with our growth mindset statements.”
- Christchurch teacher
“There is no one child who doesn’t benefit from Sparklers.”
- Tamara Bell, principal at Southbridge School
“I think it’s really important, with so many stressors that our children have to face, that if they have these little skills now, that we just build on every day, that they do have these skills that they can take with them throughout their lives.”
- Kelly Sheppard, teacher at Shirley Primary
“I love the simplicity of Sparklers. It’s all there; it tells you what to do and anyone can use it. The activities are really hands on – they’re not just things for the children to listen to, they’re things the children can actually do and enjoy.”
- Kerri Narbey, teacher at Kaiapoi Borough School
“We got really positive change initially, but what was really cool was that they started a revolution and encouraged us to look at alternative ways to help get them ready for learning.”
- Tamara Bell, principal at Southbridge School
“The activities feel nice and calm us down.”
- Year 5 student, Christchurch
“Made me feel AWESOME!”
- Chisnallwood student (feedback on the Compliment Poster activity)
“Our tamariki really enjoy the activities. They build cultural confidence and pride, while helping tamariki get into a great headspace for learning.”
- Bernice Swain, Teacher at Haeata Community Campus