Learning ideas

Below are some play ideas and awareness days/weeks that can provide fun and educational experiences for children.

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  • All Early Learning Services
  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau

Early learning services can use these play ideas and celebrate these awareness days/weeks with their children.

Play ideas

Children learn through play.

These play ideas have been developed for playgroups, though they can be used at other types of early learning services if you ensure that you are following the regulations and licensing criteria that apply to your service. Parents and caregivers may also find these ideas useful.

The principles and strands of Te Whāriki are encompassed in the play ideas.

You may choose to view, save or print each individual play idea above, or use the complete collection of ideas that is linked below.

Awareness days/weeks calendar

Celebrating awareness days supports the 'belonging strand' of Te Whāriki. It supports two goals:

  • Goal 1: Children and their families experience an environment where they can affirm and extend connecting links with the family and the wider world.
  • Goal 2: Children and their families experience an environment where they feel comfortable with the routines, customs and regular events.
Awareness Days Calendar
December 2021
February 2022
March 2022
April 2022
May 2022
June 2022
July 2022
August 2022
September 2022
October 2022
November 2022
December 2022

These are suggestions only, you can always reach out to your families and whānau to find out what other days might be good to celebrate.

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