The Faces Game
A game for identifying, naming and sharing emotions.
A game for identifying, naming and sharing emotions.
A calming game that paves the way for tummy breathing.
An activity for thinking about and adjusting our energy levels.
A group exercise for showing and guessing different emotions.
A quick game that promotes cooperation, patience and trust.
An energising game that’s all about working as a team.
Teaching mindful breathing for focus and calm.
A breathing ‘experiment’ that extends tummy breathing.
A fun, energising, memory-based game
A creative writing activity for celebrating the senses.
A mindfulness activity that boosts body awareness.
An energising game of compliment giving and receiving.
A craft activity that will give tamariki a calming keepsake.
A practical mindfulness activity using our senses.
Make fun, feel-good posters for your classroom.
Help tamariki understand and manage their worries.
Two games that helps students discover their inner pause button.
Our favourite ideas for teaching and encouraging gratitude.
Expressing gratitude and giving back through special surprises.
Helping tamariki discover how music affects their mood.
An old classic that helps tamariki find similarities and get moving.
Boost children’s awareness of the world around them.
A calming activity that boosts students’ awareness of the world around them.
A week of sensory fun and exploration.
Extending the connection between music and emotions.
Celebrating our strengths and being unique.
Fostering a growth mindset and celebrating akoranga (learning).
Sensory kete promote self-regulation and calm.
A tool that supports tamariki to feel setteld and calm.
Absorbing, simple activities that help students relax and find flow.
A relaxing colouring activity to promote relaxation and calm.
Kōrero with a loved-one and create a poster about them.
Celebrating our identity, whānau and where we come from.
Our favourite ideas for boosting kindness at school and beyond.
A fun way to foster kindness, gratitude and the joy of giving.
A habits activity to help Year 7 and 8 tamariki build empathy and learn new relationship skills
A trust game without any risk! This activity is designed to help tamariki work together on a shared goal
These energising warm-ups encourage team work and communication.
Create an interactive classroom rollercoaster, and support tamariki to develop their emotional literacy and regulation
A video-making activity for senior tamariki to learn about managing big emotions, and teach others to too.
A fun activity to help tamariki overcome inhibitions and get to know each other better
Previously called Got Your Back, this activity helps Year 7 and 8 tamariki reflect on the people who are there for them, and the different roles they can play.
A simple and imaginative trust game (without too much risk!), this activity helps tamariki work together
This activity helps tamariki learn to manage emotions using a playground slide as a visualisation tool.
A funny game for helping tamariki understand and feel good about their strengths
A quiz to help senior students find their strengths and make a set of strengths cards.
This is a great calm down activity and so simple to play
Activities to help senior students start using and developing their strengths.
Practice listening, asking questions, having conversations and building empathy.
An acting exercise that helps tamariki learn to manage tricky situations and big emotions.
A partner activity promoting teamwork and a bit of active problem solving.
Traditional Māori breathing and mindfulness sequences.
This activity uses colours to help tamariki name emotions. Being able to recognise and name emotions is the biggest step towards successfully regulating them.
A fun and memorable lesson about diversity, acceptance and being our true selves
Demonstrating how our actions impact others.
Consolidate everything tamariki need to know about being an Upstander to bullying.
A tamariki-led approach to creating a culture of kindness in your school.
A co-design approach to creating a culture of kindness in your classroom and school.
An activity that uses film as a gateway to explore bullying and standing up for others.
Anxiety and worry have gotten a bad reputation, but they're pretty normal emotions. Here's some tips on how to support tamariki who feel worried – a little, or a lot.
Anger is tricky... it can often be another emotion in disguise. These tips explore how to 'play detective' and support angry-looking tamariki.
Excitement is a wonderful thing, but still hard to 'come down from'. Emotional regulation is important for excitable tamariki too!
This is all about the snappy, out-of-sorts behaviour we see (and do) sometimes. Here's some tips to help tamariki clamber out of this frustrating feeling.
Guilt is something we avoid 'expressing' and can show up in other ways. Here's some tips to support tamariki who may be feeling guilty.
Jealousy feels yucky and can make us do some pretty yucky things. Here we explore how to support tamariki when jealousy rears its ugly head.
Sadness doesn’t always look like ‘crying’ and it's good to know some of the signs and be able to support tamariki when they feel sad. Here's some tips on how.
Feeling shy, embarrassed or whakamā are normal emotions and avoiding them isn't a good strategy . It's really helpful to talk about and normalise these feelings for tamariki. Here's some tips on how.
A traditional, fun and energetic challenge for tamariki.
A chance to recreate Pacific myths and legends using any performance art you choose.
A familiar and fun game that tamariki LOVE!
This fun game will get your greetings in Te Reo down pat.
With Te Ara Pū you can keep learning te reo sounds to help make kōrero easy.
A great aiga (family) connecting and learning activity highlighting the importance of our names.
An activity that’s fun and engaging for all students and has a unique Pacific focus – first create your fale (house), then create your classroom’s village!
An energising game to incorporate and extend te reo Māori
Create a shaker (maybe out of paūa) whose sound will lead you to your friends. This is a great 'taking notice' game.
An opportunity for tamariki to acknowledge and explore their amazing whenua (land) and heritage.
Use the Whare Tapa Whā hauora model to check in with your collective tamariki wellbeing.
Making memory posters to encourage connections to tamariki whānau and whakapapa with this simple interviewing activity.
A book review worksheet for exploring books with positive diversity, emotion or wellbeing- based themes.
An interactive game that explores all the things we have in common, rather than focusing on our differences.
Teaching tamariki the neuroscience behind worrying helps them make sense of the way it feels, so they can better work through it.
Some ideas for first days, 'regrouping' and creating a space where tamariki can build empathy, and be open about how they're doing.
This activity encourages tamariki to think about their wellbeing, all the ways they can boost it, and some of the great stuff they're already doing.