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Fifi's Craft - Te Reo Maori Magnets - 22 July

Morena! Do you want to learn whilst you have your breakfast? Well, there is no better whiteboard than the fridge.

You will need:

  • Cardboard - cereal boxes are a handy source of free card
  • Magazines to cut up
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or glue
  • Plain paper and a felt-tipped marker
  • Magnetic tape - you can buy this from craft and stationery shops
  1. Go through magazines and find pictures of every day things- animals, food, vehicles etc. Stick them onto card and cut them out. Make sure they aren't too tiny; you want to be able to see them easily.
  2. Glue a small piece of magnetic tape to the back of each picture.
  3. Write the Maori words for the pictures on plain paper and stick them to card. Cut them out and stick magnetic tape to the backs. A good on-line dictionary is:  you can write the English translation on the back in small letters.
  4. Stick them on your fridge and pair them up.
  5. Jumble them everyday until everyone can match the words to the pictures.

For the little ones: Lay your magnetic pictures and words out onto blank sheets of paper, photocopy them and tape it to the fridge at preschool height.  Encourage your child to match the pictures and words by sticking them onto the sheets. The magnets will hold them in place. Word recognition starts early in life and this is a fun activity to help language and observation skills.