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Maori masks depicting Maori gods. The symmetrical motifs in the background were part of a mathematics lesson.

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Inspiration for Matariki art Projectspace: Toi Whenua presents Te Taumata O Matariki Exhibition Series 2010 featuring Tracey Tawhiao

Name stones for the collage area to help tamariki recognise and copy their names. A Maori kōwhaiwhai pattern on the opposite side add interest and will help with early recognition. Ask the children to find their name for you everytime you write their names on to their art work.

A clearly laid out full-colour PDF presentation. This is a great art unit to combine with a Social Studies inquiry into New Zealand Myths and Legends or Science investigations about day and night. Maui is a god in NZ Maori folklore and one of the achievements attributed to him was that he slowed down the movement of the sun across our skies so that the people of his village could get all their work done. This art lesson responds to the climactic part of the story when Maui confronts the sun…