There are two ways to use the Imagine Box:

  1. Setting up a Heuristic Play environment
  2. “Te Whariki” Early Childhood Curriculum Activities

Instruction for usage in both situations are contained within the Imagine Box.

Integrating Imagine Box within ECE

The activities within the “Te Whariki” section of the Imagine Box instructions have outcomes relating to all of the Strands and Principles. You may also notice overlaps where activities meet several outcomes and this is to be expected due to the nature of Imagine Box.

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A couple of examples are below:

Safe Play

Wellbeing–Strand 1

Take out objects that are both good and not so good for hitting, banging, throwing, poking, wrapping. Model safe behaviors with these items by doing things yourself and verbalise what is safe ways to do this and why it is important.

Suggestions include: No hitting, throwing, poking at people. Wrap ribbons on objects not on your body. Keep objects in away from mouths and ears.

It is important to help your child understand as they develop that sometimes rules are necessary and not negotiable, while at other times they can be flexible eg, only throw stones when you are outside.

Children develop respect for rules about harming others and the environment and an understanding of the reasons for such rules.

Treasure Hunt

Contribution-Strand 3

Choose one item from the box and talk about its properties with your toddler. Then you or your toddler can choose one of the properties to try and find on another object in the house or setting you are in.

Properties might include textures, colors, material, weight, hard, soft, fluffy, bendy, long, short etc.

Children develop a perception of themselves as capable of acquiring new interests and abilities.