Kids play on beach at Smugglers Cove Loop Walk
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Introduction

Take the fun outside with this pack of tiny adventures, designed to step the whānau outside to explore and perfect for younger tamariki.

Highlights

The backyard, local park, beach or river – any nature close to you will do! Made with our friends at Sparklers and SKIP to help you head outside for a quick, fun whānau adventure and to celebrate Te reo Māori.

Tuhuratia a waho

Tēnā koe e hono mai nei kiēnei haerenga, ahakoa heiti, he pārekareka, he whaimōhiotanga hoki! Kua hangaiahei whakanui i Te reo Māori, kite whakahau hoki i a tātou kiatūhuratia te Wao nui a Tāne.

He aha ai? Me puta hoki rāki waho, hei hiki i te wairua,hei whakakoakoa i te ngākau. Atu i tēnei āhuatanga, ko teahureatanga me ngā kōrerohītori, e hōhonu ake ai tō tātouhononga ki te taiao, ki te aotūroa nei.

Kawea mai tō ngākau koa kiapai ai te haerēre, ahakoa te wāo te tau!

Tūhuratia te reo Māori.

Tūhuratia te Taiao.

Take time to explore outside

Thank you for joining us for these tiny, but super meaningful and fun adventures! They are all designed to celebrate our indigenous Māori language and encourage us to spend time in nature.

Why? Because getting out into nature can improve our mood and help us appreciate the simple things that give us joy. As well as this, our culture and history deepen our sense of belonging and connectedness.

So bring on the feel goods with some outside adventures, any time of the year!

Take a moment to discover Te Reo Māori.

Take a moment to discover the environment.

He kete haerenga mō waho | A pack of Outside Adventures

Graphic of three of the Outdoor Adventures activity cards.
Three of the Outside Adventure cards | DOC

The activities include:

You can order your free copy of the limited-edition pack of activity cards from SKIP.

Or download a PDF of the activity pack here:
He kete haerenga mō waho | A pack of Outside Adventures (PDF, 3,772K)

You can visit our friends at SKIP and Sparklers for more activity ideas for whānau.

Tangohia ō hū | Let’s take our shoes off

Ma te tango i o hu e hono ai koe ki te whenua.
Taking your shoes off connects us with whenua.

Me whai i: Ō waewae.
You will need: Your waewae.

  1. Haere ki waho.
    Head outside.
  2. Tangohia ō hū me ō tōkena.
    Take off your shoes and socks.
  3. Ka rongo i te otaota, i ngā kōhatu, i te kirikiri me te oneone me ō waewae.
    Feel the grass, stones, sand and dirt beneath your waewae.
  4. Me tango i ō hū, ka oma, ka peke, ka kori, ka tākaro hoki.
    Run, skip, dance and play with bare waewae.

Me kai ki waho | Let’s eat outside

Me kai ki waho, he pikiniki te haere ake nei.
Eating outside makes for an anytime picnic.

Me whai i: Tētahi rā paki.
You will need: A sunny day!

  1. Haere ki te kai tahi me tō whānau ki waho – mō te parakuihi, te tina, te hapa rānei – ahakoa te wā!
    Head outside with your whānau for kai – for breakfast, lunch, snacks or tea, anytime!
  2. Whakaritea mai he kai me tētahi paraikete, ka haere ki tētahi wāhi, e rawe ana, e harikoa ana ki a koe.
    Pack some kai and a blanket and head outside to a spot in the garden that makes you feel relaxed and happy.
  3. Tohua he wāhi pai, e noho, kātahi ka kai.
    Choose your spot, get comfy and share kai.
  4. Me tākaro, me tūhura hoki koe i taua wāhi.
    Spend some time playing and exploring too.

Anei he kēmu hei tākaro ki waho | Here’s an outside game to play

  1. Haere ki waho, ka noho wehewehe, ki tētahi wāhi e pai ana.
    Head outside and sit separately, somewhere comfy.
  2. Katia ō karu, ka whakarongo i ngā oro e takahuri ana i a koe.
    Close your eyes and listen carefully to everything around you.
  3. Me tāpiri, me kape rānei i aua oro, kāre e rangona e te tangata!
    Try to add or copy a noise to the outdoor sounds that nobody notices!
  4. Ki te mau koe, whakamātauhia he oro anō.
    If you get caught, try again with another noise.

He mahi anō: Me mahi ā-rōpū ki te waihanga anō i ngā āhua o waho, i a koe i roto i te whare. Hei tauira, mahi tahi ki te waihanga i ngā oro o te moana, o te ngahere rānei.
Extra: Work as a team to recreate the outdoors, even when you’re inside. For example, work together to create the sound of the beach or bush.

He rapu ngāngara te mahi | Let’s find some bugs together

Kei i a koe: He kōata whakarahi, ō whatu koi rānei.
You might have: A magnifying glass or you can use your bionic eyes.

  1. Haere ki waho ki ngā wāhi e mōhio ana koe he ngāngara kei reira – kei raro toka, kei ngā kohinga rau rākau, keria rānei he rua ki tō māra.
    Head outside to places you might have seen bugs – under rocks or in leaf piles, or dig a hole in your garden.
  2. Āta mātakitakihia ngā ngāngara – he koemi, he tūoma rānei? Ka kaute 1, 2, 3, 4 …
    Watch the bugs carefully – do they wriggle or scuttle? Count them 1, 2, 3, 4 …
  3. Ina mutu ana koe, whakahokia ngā mea i nekehia e koe, he toka i nekehia, te whakahoki i ngā rau, i ngā paru, kia noho pai tonu a rātou taiao.
    Once you’re finished watching bugs, replace any rocks, dirt and leaves back so as not to disturb their home too much.

He mahi anō: Hāngaia he puni ngāngara mā te whakatūtū haere i ētahi rākau, ētahi rau ki tētahi wāhi o tō māra.
Extra: Make a bug hut by piling up some sticks and leaves somewhere in your garden. Keep checking to see if any bugs have moved in.

He tirotiro manu te mahi | Let’s go bird looking

Me whai koe i: Ō waewae mōmoka me ō whatu pūkana!
You will need: Your quiet feet and wide eyes!

  1. Mēnā he makariri me tiro manu koe mai i tō matapihi, ki te kore, haere ki tō māra, ki te papa rēhia e tata ana rānei ki a koe.
    If it’s cold you might look for birds out your window, otherwise, head into your garden or to the local park.
  2. Me āta haere, kaua hoki e hoihoi rawa – kia pai ai te tau o ngā manu.
    Try and be quiet and still – that way birds will pass by and land.
  3. Whakarongo hoki ki ngā tangi a ngā manu. Me whakamātau koe ki te mahi i aua tangi.
    Listen to their chirping. You can even try and make the same sounds.
  4. Ka kaute i ngā manu ka kitea e koe – 1, 2, 3, 4 …
    Count the birds you see – 1, 2, 3, 4 … 

Te tūhura kare ā-rongo i tō ao | How to go for a sensory explore

Me whai koe i: Tēnei kāri me ō kare ā-rongo katoa!
You will need: This card and all of your senses!

Haere ki waho ka mahi i tētahi, i ētahi rānei o ngā mahi e rārangi ana i raro! 
Head outside and do one of the lists, some of the lists or all the lists!

  1. Rapua he mea pīataata, mea nui, mea huruhuru!
    Find something bright, something big, something fluffy!
  2. Rapua he mea kāre e taea te raweke, he mea ārani, he rawe tōna kakara!
    Find something you can’t touch, something orange, something that smells nice!
  3. Rapua he mea iti, he mea hāwareware, he mea kāre anō koe kia kite!
    Find something small, something slimy, something you’ve never seen before!
  4. Rapua he mea pirau, he mea waiporoporo, he mea ka taea tō tākaro!
    Find something rotting, something purple, something you can play with!

He mahi anō: Haere ki te hīkoi i te ata, ahiahi pō rānei, ka tiro ki ngā tae o te ata, ki ngā tae o te ahiahi hoki.
Extra: Go for a walk at dawn or daybreak and notice as the colours change around you.

Te kēmu raupapa kōhatu | How to play a stone stacking game

Me whai koe i: Ētahi kōhatu papatahi – ko ngā tahataha o ngā awa, ko ngā takutai moana ngā wāhi ka kitea ēnei momo kōhatu (he wā tūhura!).
You will need: Flattish stones – local riverbeds and beaches are good places to find these (and spend time exploring!).

  1. Rapua he kōhatu.
    Find your stones.
  2. Me whakamātau ki te raupapa i ngā kōhatu kiateitei rawa.
    Try stacking your stones as high as you can.
  3. Me tauutuutu te mahi, ka tiro nō wai te kōhatu ka whakatimana i te pou kōhatu!
    Take turns to see whose stone makes the tower topple!

Me hanga mahere māra mīharo | How to make a special garden map

Me whai i: Tētahi pepa, he pene, he pene rākau karakara, he pene hinu, he karakara rānei.
You will need: A piece of paper, a pen, colouring pencils, crayons or felts.

  1. Mēnā he rangi ua, he makariri rānei, tirohia tō māra mai i tō matapihi, mēnā e pai ana, haere ki waho ki te āta tirotiro haere.
    If it’s a cold or wet day, study your garden from your window, otherwise, head outside to take a closer look.
  2. Tāia ngā āhuatanga o tō māra, pērā i ngā taiapa, ngā rākau, tō rāina kākahu rānei.
    Draw the features of your garden like fences, big trees or your washing line.
  3. Me tohu ka karakara i ngā wāhi mīharo o tō māra – he wāhi ngāngara, te wāhi pārekareka, te wāhi mahana
    Mark and colour the special places in your garden – the bug area, the fun area, the cosy area…
  4. Ina oti ana tō mahere, whakamahia hei mahere i tō haerenga tuarua ki waho!
    Once your map is complete, use it to plan your next outside adventure!

Me mahi toi tātou | Let’s make art together

Me whai i: Te hāpiapia, ngā karakara, pepa me te peita.
You will need: Some glue, crayons, paper and/or paint.

  1. Haere ki waho ki te kohi rau, rau pua.
    Head outside and collect leaves and petals from the ground.
  2. Me whakamātau tēnei mahi toi mā te puru i te rau ki raro iho i tō pepa, kātahi ka muku mā te karakara. Hangaia he kāri, he pepa takai rānei mā tēnei mahinga toi!
    Try some leafy tracing by putting a leaf under a piece of paper, then rubbing a crayon over the top. Make cards or wrapping paper using this technique!
  3. Me whakamātau hoki te peita i tētahi taha o ngā rau kua kohia, ka tā ki te pepa.
    You could try painting leaves on one side and carefully stamping them on your paper.
  4. Hangaia rānei he kōwaiwai toirau mā te whakapiri rau, rau pua hoki ki tētahi whārangi pepa. Ka tāpiri i ō pikitia i muri iho.
    Or make a leafy collage by glueing your leaves and petals onto your page. Add your own drawings all around.
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