Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

Te Kapu Me Te Hoiha - Cup and Saucer

Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

Te Kapu Me Te Hoiha - Cup and Saucer

Article excerpt

Intended outcome(s)

The students could:

* participate in a wide range of ngâ mahi a te rëhia (games and pastimes) activities and identify the factors that made the experience enjoyable (HPE 1 B2)

* express their own feelings effectively and listen to those of other people while working with others in hand and string games (HPE 1 C3)

* explore line, shape, and form using manipulation techniques with string (Visual Arts 1 PK)

* express ideas about their own and others' string figures (Visual Arts 1 Cl)

* identify the resemblance of the string figure to a cup and saucer (Visual Arts 1 Cl)

* consider why people make string figures (Visual Arts 1 UC)

Suggested approach

Use a 2-metre length of cord knotted into a single loop. (Some games need shorter cords and some need longer ones.) Harakeke (flax) string is customary, although commercially available cords (nylon, braid, wool) can be used.

Demonstrate to the students how to make the pattern described below and have them try it:

* Hold the string out from the body at stomach height, hooked over the thumb and the little finger on both hands, with the hands up, and from each thumb, number the fingers - from one (closest to the thumb) to four (the little finger). …

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