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Make Your Own Whare Tapa Whā

Bring Whare Tapa Whā to life with these super easy print-outs - makes either a mean wall display, or gift for whānau to carry on this important mahi.
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He aha ai? – Why we love it

We all love Whare Tapa Whā and the way it encapsulates hauora from our specific Aotearoa view - well, this is all about keeping Whare Tapa Whā actionable. It's especially good for tamariki who haven't grasped the concept of Whare Tapa Whā yet - the 'doing something' pertaining to each pou is going to help.

Hei mahi - What to do

Print the Whare Tapa Whā template directly onto either A4 or A3 cardboard. But if you're feeling super organised you might ask tamariki to bring a cereal box from home, or do this as a part of home-learning. To make the cardboard box version head to Sparklers at Home here.

  • Tamariki can colour and decorate their Whare Tapa Whā and follow the instructions to 'build' the model.
  • Cut out strips of paper, cardboard or use craft supplies such as iceblock sticks and ask tamariki to write examples of what they can do to support each pou.
  • Tamariki can colour-code ideas for each pou so, for example, they make each Taha Whānau strip or stick blue. The ideas might pertain to school or home.
  • Fill Whare Tapa Whā with all the ideas!
  • When tamariki feel bored, or need a boost, they can pull out an idea from their whare! And they can add new ideas to it all the time!

Once tamariki have created their, a great way to introduce some ideas tamariki could try, and which enhance their overall wellbeing is by using our Whare Tapa Whā growth mindset slides or Seesaw activities:

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What next?

Use this activity alongside Tuputupu or Fill My Whare Tapa Whā

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