Te Taiao
(The Natural World)

$24.99 incl GST

Children from Matapihi Kindergarten near Raglan were photographed by renowned photographer Rachael Hale McKenna to illustrate this beautiful story about playing in the natural environment. The children play hide and seek in the forest, walk along wobbly ropes, play in the mud and do much more. At the end, they sit, listen and look at the natural world all around them. This is the perfect book to inspire more adventurous nature play.

Listen to an excerpt from the song

Take a look inside


  • Repetitive sentence structure: “Kātahi ka … mātou i te …” (Then we … in the …)
  • Vocabulary for playing in the natural world
  • Singalong CD which turns the book into a beautiful song
  • English translation
  • List of activity ideas to make this much more than a fun book to do on the mat!
  • Background information about Matapihi Kindergarten’s Uru Taiao programme.
  • Guitar chords
I love these books. The simple yet clever songs make learning new words fun and easy, and the books are beautifully illustrated too.
Julia Masters, mum

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