New Zealand Culture
Whether exploring New Zealand's iconic bird, the kiwi, watching the haka, or learning about poi and Maori tattoos and necklaces or the silver fern, we've got a collection of New Zealand themes to explore with the kids below...
The kiwi is an endangered, flightless bird which is native to New Zealand. Nowadays New Zealanders everywhere are known as kiwis! Find out more about the kiwi and enjoy our colouring page, poster, jigsaw, dot to dot page and crafts:
New Zealand is also famous for its sheep! We've gathered all our sheep colouring activities, crafts and printables into one place and we've got lots to keep you busy here!
Poi and Poi Dancers
Poi are balls on strings that Maori women manipulate in a special dance with great skill. You can find out more about them on our New Zealand poi page and watch a video which will show you all sorts of moves you can practise when you have made your own poi using our poi craft idea.
Study a selection of Maori carvings showing traditional tattoo designs and then make your own mask...
Maori Tattoo Mask Craft
Look more closely at traditional Maori art and make your own bookmarks:
Maori Art Bookmark
New Zealand has some of the most beautiful ferns in the world. Learn a little about the ferns and the spiral koru, and make our koru necklace. We also recommend some excellent art activities elsewhere on the net.
Silver Fern and Koru
Traditional Maori necklaces came in various different designs with special meanings, and they are still popular today. We've got ideas for three different bone-carvings necklaces that you can make and wear!
Bone Carving Necklaces Craft
New Zealand rugby team, the All Blacks, is famous for the Haka - a traditional Maori war dance - that is performed to intimidate the other team before the start of a rugby match! Watch a haka in action here:
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