Te Whariki – Early Childhood Curriculum
This is the guiding document produced by the Ministry of Education for all Early Childhood Education Centers in New Zealand. Imagine Box bases all of its learning concepts on this document.
While Imagine Box does primarily promote heuristic play, it is possible to achieve planned and directed outcomes with imagine box resources as well.
This booklet has ideas for free play and activities linked to the ECC curriculum.
These activities are aimed at 0-5yrs but I have seen older children fully engaged in playing with a box full of rubber bands, a bag of acorns or one of my kids (4yrs, 6yrs) items they love are my poker chips. These things become interesting when they are only pulled out sometimes, then put it away once they are done.
Have a think what have you got already at home that the kids dont normally play with, but would be safe and fun for them to explore?
Infant 0 – 18months
Toddler 1 – 3 Years
Young Child 2.5 – 5 Years
Information sourced from “Te Whariki” New Zealand’s’ Early Childhood Curriculum.
For more information see their website.
Te Whariki Strands
Wellbeing – Mana Atua
The health and well-being of the child are protected
Belonging – Mana Whenua
Children and their families feel a sense of
Contribution – Mana Tangata
Opportunities for learning are equitable, and each
child’s contribution is valued.
Community – Mana Reo
The languages and symbols of their own and other
cultures are promoted and protected.
Exploration – Mana Aotùroa
The child learns through active exploration of the