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Kimihia Mai! – Find Me!

Create a shaker (maybe out of paūa) whose sound will lead you to your friends. This is a great 'taking notice' game.
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Why we love it

This is a traditional game using a type of pōro (ball) that would normally be made from pāua shell. It encourages listening and cooperation and eventually you can teach students the history of the terms and game itself.

What to do

You will first need to create the 'ki pāua' – which would normally consist of two pāua shells, bound together with broken shells inside so it can be rattled to make sound. If you have access to pāua shells, jump right in!

Otherwise mention to tamariki that to play this game, they will each need to create something similar to a 'ki pāua'. What could they use? Some whānau may have some pāua shells at home they are willing to donate, other tamariki might be able to make something similar out of a container, can, plastic cup or bottle, with a small handful of stones inside. You could also use maracas or instruments.

Once each student has their own ‘ki pāua' head out to the field and ask students to:

  1. Pair up and listen carefully to their partner’s ‘ki pāua’.
  2. Separate from their partner and both close their eyes.
  3. Try to find each other by shaking their 'ki pāua' (encourage them to try to go off the sound alone).

Next time – suggest they create their own special rhythm or beat – to help them recognise each other’s 'ki pāua'. Ask if they found it easier. Mix up the pairs and repeat!

A fun variation:

  • Pair tamariki up, spread them out on the field and ask them to close their eyes. This time, each student must rattle their 'ki pāua' regularly (e.g. every 5 seconds) – and their challenge is to find and tag their partner, before their partner finds and tags them!
  • This can also be played as a class – either individually finding others, or working as teams with separate 'ki pāua' beats/sounds.

What next?

If you’re enjoying traditional Māori games and activities, head here to find more!

Nga mhi nui

We have adapted this game from this wonderful resource created by and courtesy of Harko Brown. It’s a great place to read more about the history and learn more traditional Māori games.

We also send our 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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