Karaka {New Zealand Trees Make & Do Activity Pack}


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This is a tree of many extremes – historically one of the most important food sources cultivated by Māori, but also one of the most toxic!

This pack has been assembled to celebrate this amazingly unique native tree. 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 Karaka Tree ‘make & do’ pack includes:

  • A set of activity pages that explore some of the unique and important roles of the Karaka tree to Māori. The completed pages are assembled to create a little freestanding display (would also look great hung with string so they can twirl in the breeze) or they can be stored flat and read like a little book.
  • There is a selection of pages included – use as many as 10 or as few as 3!
  • Themes covered include: space for making a bark and leaf rubbing of your Karaka; space for sketching the leaves, fruits and seed of this tree; investigate some of the historic uses of Karaka by Māori & Moriori; complete the fact file with the scientific name, age, height, trunk girth/diameter of the Karaka & where it’s commonly found. Research further about it’s historic importance as a food source, but also it’s dangers as a poison to people and dogs if prepared incorrectly or eaten fresh.
  • This pack also includes a coloured Karaka tree fact file containing basic information about its common names, where it’s found, threats & historical use by Māori.
  • An ‘I wonder’ task card containing 3 Karaka themed questions designed to prompt some deeper thinking about this unique tree.
  • A coloured Karaka tree picture card
  • *The foldable activity come with a supporting photograph sequence so you can see how to assemble the pages


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