Once the ceremonies connected with the first sightings of Matariki have concluded, the celebrations begin. Matariki is a time of rejoicing and celebrating, and a time to enjoy the company of friends and family. Dancing, singing, art and games are a key component of the Matariki festival.

Here are some great fun activities to share with your friends and family. Take me to:

Dance With Moves

Stardust Thinking Putty

Everything about Māori Bread

How to make a harakeke putiputi

Dance With Moves

The whole class can learn the moves to this very cool dance, to the song Wairua by Maimoa.

At the InMotion Matariki parade last year, the audience joined in a mass dance spectacular to Wairua. What song Matariki inspired song should we dance to this year? Please send your suggestions to inmotion@touchcompass.org.nz

"Stardust" Thinking Putty

Stardust is the material that remains when stars explode into supernovas. Now that's something to think about!  While you're thinking, you can make our fun Thinking Putty

What’s Needed:

  • 1 cup Cornstarch

  • 1 TBSP Glitter

  • 3-4 oz. Lotion (unscented or scented)

  • Food Colouring- black


  1. Add 1 cup cornstarch to bowl

  2. Squeeze 3-4 oz. of lotion into your bowl of cornstarch

  3. Mix it with your spoon and then your hands – kneading the dough until smooth.

  4. Optional: Add 1-2 drops of color and mix

  5. Add 1 TBSP of glitter

*This is a homemade putty, and your lotion might be a different consistency – If you find your putty too sticky add just a little more cornstarch. If you find your putty a bit too doughy add a small squirt of lotion. This putty should feel soft and smooth. Perfect for molding, stretching, squishing and playing.

Keep the putty in an airtight container for long-term storage.

Everything about Māori Bread

You can't celebrate Matariki without whanau and kai. We really enjoy watching this video about the history of Māori Bread. It was made by the children at Hiruharama Primary School on the East Cape of New Zealand.

Nati Awards 2014 - "Nati Hangarau: Technology - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" Category: Junior Documentary Winner Title: "A History of Maori Bread" School: Hiruharama For more information about the Nati Awards please visit www.terangitawaea.com

Easy to make Maori Fry Bread with Shavon!


  • 3 cups of self-raising flour

  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

  • water

  • oil

How to make a harakeke putiputi