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Kia Ora Taniwha!

A familiar and fun game that tamariki LOVE!
Connections with the NZ Curriculum and Mental Health Education Guide (learn more)

Learning outcomes

Tamariki take part in an activity with peers.

He aha ai? – Why we love it

This is a fun and exciting game that's familiar to most tamariki even from their preschool or kōhunga days. Reproducing fun memories and a bit of excitement, are only ever good for us! Enjoy!

Hei mahi - What to do

This is a variation of ‘Hello Judge’. Choose one tamaiti to be ‘in’ and ask them to stand at the front – turning their back to the rest of the class.

To add a fun component (and stop tamariki from peeking!) you might like to print our taniwha mask. We’d suggest using A3 card and elastic for the band.

Silently choose another tamariki to say ‘Kia ora Taniwha’. The person at the front then turns around and guesses who said this.

If they’re correct, they swap places. If not, they turn around or close their eyes again, and you can choose another tamaiti to say: “Kia ora Taniwha.”

Often tamariki will try to disguise their voices, which is part of the fun.

Sometimes it’s helpful to shuffle the group because the taniwha has good ears and can distinguish where the voice came from, but not whose voice it is. Try tricking that taniwha as much as you can!

What next?

Try new phrases in te reo to extend the language, we love:

  • Tēnā koe taniwha!
  • Mōrena Taniwha!
  • Me haere tāua ki te tina, Taniwha? (Should I meet you for lunch?)
  • He taringa nui ō taringa! (What big ears you have, taniwha!), and the taniwha could turn around and say “He pai kia whakarongo ki a koe!” (All the better to hear you with!)

Kei te pēhea koe? is a great activity to move onto to from here.

Ngā mihi nui

Warmest thanks to Haeata Community Campus for suggesting this activity. We so appreciate your mahi and all it brings to Sparklers. Many times, ngā mihi.

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