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Play ideas and activities Things that fly — Ngā mea e rere ana Stages: 3 to 5 years

Why do it?

Why do it? — He aha e mahi ai?

Talking about and making things that fly means that tamariki can:

  • explore ideas about flight: speed, distance, height and direction
  • make estimations about distance and height
  • use simple resources like paper and scissors to create something that flies or spins
  • have fun outside in the fresh air.

How to do it

How to do it — Te tikanga mō tēnei mahi

  • Explore natural things when you’re out and about together, and test to see what will spin or float in the air. Look for feathers or seeds, like the ones that come from the sycamore tree or the fluffy ones from dandelions and thistles.
  • Ask your tamaiti open-ended questions like, ‘Why do you think some things fly and others don’t?’ and ‘What helps things to fly?’
  • Watch birds and talk about the way they fly. Introduce words like ‘swooping’, ‘gliding’, ‘hovering’, ‘diving’ and ‘darting’.
  • Try making a parachute using a paper towel or serviette:
    • Tape each corner to strengthen them before punching a hole through.
    • Cut 4 pieces of string or wool, each as long as the side of the paper.
    • Tie one piece of string through each corner hole and then tie all the ends together to make the parachute.
    • Test the parachute by dropping it from a height. You could stand on a chair or drop it off a deck.

 

Other ideas — Ētahi atu whakaaro

Using more reo Māori

Flight or to fly

Rere

Airplane

Waka rererangi

Helicopter

Toparere

Parachute

Heketau

Paper airplane

Waka rererangi pepa

To launch

Whakamānu(tia), Whiu(a)

Swoop

Whakatopa

Soar

Whakakoko

Glide

Rerehau

Float

Whakatere(a)

Hover

Topaki

Dart

Topa

Fly about

Kopa

How far?

Ko tēhea te tawhiti?

How fast?

Ko tēhea te tere?