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Ngā Whetū o Matariki - Wooden Puzzle

Ngā Whetū o Matariki - Wooden Puzzle

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Little ones will love learning about ngā whetū o Matariki with this natural wooden puzzle. With its big pieces (easy to hold and play), bold illustrations and bright colours it makes a great activity for pēpi & tamariki.

The puzzle includes nine stars of Matariki

  • Tupu-ā-nuku
  • Tupu-ā-rangi
  • Waitī
  • Waitā
  • Waipuna-ā-rangi
  • Ururangi
  • Pōhutukawa
  • Hiwa-i-te-rangi
  • Matariki

Each piece is a clever and beautiful depiction of a star created by artist Xoë Hall (Kāi Tahu). Each incorporates colours, aspects and symbols that reflect the significance of each star. For example, Waitī is connected to fresh water, and tuna (eels) are woven into the depiction as hair. 

When the puzzle blocks are removed, a specially coloured space remains in the cavity, where the whetū's name is written.

It's a great way for tamariki to learn about the whetū of Matariki, while developing many cognitive skills. Here are a few:

  • Hand-Eye Coordination & Visual-Spatial Reasoning
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Memory and Cognitive Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Improved Concentration & Patience
  • Objectives & Goals
  • Shape & colour recognition
  • Teamwork

This puzzle makes a lovely gift! 

Illustrations by Xoë Hall (Kāi Tahu)

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