New Zealand Movement Activities
New Zealand Folk Dance and Songs
Play: Children’s New Zealand Folk Games
Māori children’s play
- Māori children traditionally played a wide range of games such as: Teka (darts), tī rākau (stick games), whai (string games), pouturu (stilt walking) and ruru (knucklebones).
- Children made small kites called manu taratahi.
- Pōtaka tā (whip tops), pōtaka tākiri (humming tops) and pīrori (hoops) were toys for all ages.
- Pīrori were made from aka (vines) and either thrown or propelled with a stick.