Matariki crafts for kids

Matariki crafts

Matariki is a small group of stars – Pliades – that reappear in the sky in winter (late May or early June) and, through the winter and spring, rise just before dawn.

When the group of stars is visible, Maori celebrate the New Year.  As we approach this time of year again, there are some wonderful Matariki crafts you can do with your children to celebrate.

If you want to find out more about Matariki, you can read more about this on our post about Matariki.

Matariki crafts for kids

Did you know that some Maori tribes celebrated Matariki by flying kites? Find out how to make a delta kite in 10 easy steps, and go kite flying with your family this Matariki.

How to make a kite

These woven harakeke whetu (flax stars) look amazing and are just the perfect craft to share over some discussions about Matariki.

Matariki crafts

These star craft wall hangings make a great craft project, and an excuse for a winter excursion to the beach to collect some supplies.


Here is a tutorial for creating beautiful window stars.¬† Paper, glue and a paintbrush, and you’ll be on your way to having your own colourful Matariki window.

Matariki stained glass window stars

An awesome kids book about the seven kites of Matariki inspired this water paint glitter art project. It uses paint, ribbon, glue and glitter, loads of fun for 3 year olds plus.


How amazing is this stretchy night sky playdough?¬†It’s a great way to introduce the concept of Matariki to your preschooler.

Matariki crafts

More Matariki crafts inspiration

  • These 7 sisters (Matariki constellation) triptychs (3 panel art works) are wonderful!
  • This clip is a reading of the Seven Stars of Matariki by the author, Toni Rolleston-Cummins
  • Te Papa has this Matariki Waiata which you can listen to and learn.

Have fun celebrating Matariki in your family, and let us know what you’ve done to teach your children about the Maori New Year.

The Kiwi Families Team

This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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