Practicing te Reo Through Games

This Matariki freebie printable may challenge you. By playing it over again you will quickly improve. Try it.


There are so many games and activities that can be played/ included in the reo classroom. I will include them in future posts and in upcoming resources. This focuses on my all time favourite the “fortune teller” also known as “cootie catcher”- no I have no idea why it’s called that.
This is such fun and so versatile in every area of the curriculum. For second language learning it is the repetition of the questions and the replies that is a winner for me.
If you wanted to scaffold the learning the kaiako could model the reo throughout the day by using the fortune teller and then the tamariki could have their own.

Games-repeating the same reo

It is a wonderful activity to be taken home and played with the whānau. My rangatahi enjoyed playing this one!
You can make these in te reo Māori only . Playing these together in class for 5 minutes a day using te reo Māori only will expedite your reo. It’s amazing only hearing te reo and it is all read from the fortune teller.
Over time you can build a vocabulary list of kupu hou needed when playing.
e.g tīpakotia tētahi nama-choose a number. Or use another kupu for “choose?”


The Matariki questions are focussed on Ngā Atua Māori- The Māori Gods.
Even if you aren’t confident with te reo, give it a go. I have made them multiple choice to give more opportunities for more kōrero. The answer is in italics. For this reason you can learn from the answers.
Various other opportunities exist-counting in 5,s etc when the first number is chosen.

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