Being involved in kapa haka is described in Whakatipu booklet Te Pihinga 3 (page 20) as a great workout for a child’s brain and body.
Ask the whānau:
- How do you think kapa haka works out your pēpi’s brain and body?
- What do you think the value of kapa haka is for your pēpi?
Haka can help with coordination, rhythm, counting, socialising or being part of a group, following instructions, and can also be for pure enjoyment.
A kapa haka group’s performance can include a wide variety of carefully choreographed performances involving waiata, dance and musical instruments.
There are several references to kapa haka in Te Pihinga 3:
- ‘I love my waiata…Pukana! Pukana!’ (page 16).
- Tāne-rore — the god of haka and performing arts (page 19).
- Kapa haka (page 20).
- ‘Ka mate! Ka mate!’ (page 21).
- ‘Haka time’ cartoon (pages 24, 25).
Look at any of these pages with the whānau. Ask them what their experience with haka is and have a kōrero about that:
- Has pēpi experienced kapa haka?
- Have they tried to copy it?
- How do you think your pēpi could be involved at their age?
Whānau might enjoy watching some of the many kapa haka video clips available online.
How does this relate to the SKIP resources?
Baby Wall Frieze - Waiata mai - Sing to me.
I love it, it helps my memory, and it helps me learn about our language and culture.
Six Things children need - Te tūāpapa mō te tika me te hē - Limits and boundaries.
Learning about rules in different situations, following instructions and working as part of a group.