Did you know that Māori admired the kōtare/kingfisher for being like a watchful sentry? The word ‘kōtare’ was sometimes used to describe the elevated platform in a pā that was used to watch for enemies.
This pack has been assembled to celebrate this amazingly unique native bird! If you’re lucky enough to be teaching or learning in a whanau group/syndicate team/pod or hub which bears its name, then you’re in for a treat.
This Kōtare/Kingfisher ‘make & do’ pack includes:
- A mini ‘one-cut-book’ which contains little Kōtare related fun facts and research tasks
- A ‘keywords & colouring’ sheet containing a list of keywords to research, small colouring sheet, and 6 challenges e.g: These birds have an amazing way of excavating & making their nests! What can you find out? Kingfishers are sometimes said to be ‘quite bad housekeepers’. Can you find out why? This page cleverly folds to reveal the Kingfisher’s full name when the sheet is complete.
- A template for a Kingfisher paper hand puppet for the kids to colour, assemble and have fun with!
- A Kōtare fact file containing basic information about its common names, threats & conservation status
- An ‘I wonder’ task card containing 3 Kingfisher themed questions designed to prompt some deeper thinking about this unique bird and its habits.
- A coloured Kōtare picture card
- *All of the foldable activities come with a supporting photograph sequence so you can see how the activities are assembled and used
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