Resources & Activities

Through action-packed events, hands-on activities and engaging lessons, Eye on Nature encourages tamariki and their whānau to connect with the environment and learn how to be more sustainable in everyday life.

 

Check out these fun learning activities and resources for tamariki at school and at home.

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Jar of saved seeds reads Crock Nest Squash

200m Urban Garden Project - Koanga Institute NZ

For Greenies

Video - Koanga Institute has the largest collection of heritage seeds in Aotearoa. They help teach regenerative and sustainable ways of living in urban places.

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Video

Topics

Kai, Sustainability, Circular Economy

Anika Moa playing guitar in kitchen

Anika's Go-To Boil Up

New World

Recipe - This classic kiwi boil up is easy to make, delicious to eat, and is sure to please even the fussiest eaters.

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Video

Topics

Kai, Māori

Child and adult hold vegetable from community garden

Auckland Teaching Gardens flyer

Auckland Teaching Gardens Trust

PDF - Flyer of Auckland Teaching Garden locations. Click here to see community gardens in your area which you can visit.

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Logo and image of Garden to Table

Garden to Table Recipes

Garden to Table

Here is a small selection of Garden to Table recipes, developed and written specifically with young readers in mind.

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Website

Topics

Kai

Mushrooms gathered on black background

How to make a Mushroom Kit

Mushroomate

Video - Learn how to make a GIY (Grow It Yourself) mushroom farm from scratch in less than 30 minutes.

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Video

Topics

Kai

Image of Edible Garden at Auckland Botanic Gardens

Incredible Edible Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens

Visit the edible garden at Auckland Botanic Gardens to get some tips around making your own home garden!

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Website

Topics

Kai

Webinar image

Kai Sovereignty - Lowering your carbon footprint through local Kai

Ngāti Whatua and Para Kore

Video - Panelists discuss the impacts of global food production and how Mātauranga Māori can guide us in restoring our taiao.

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Video

Topics

Kai, Māori

Red panda against an orange background

Learning at Home Resources - Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo

Lesson plans, resources, and much more to support learning from the Auckland Zoo.

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Website

Topics

Sustainability, Kai

A green container growing oyster mushrooms

Mushroom Kit instructions

The Mushroom Smith

Document - Instructions for how to grow your Phoenix Oyster mushroom kits. Please remember to weigh and record data for harvest and weight of mushrooms.

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Kai graphic Production Distribution Consumption

Principles of 'Mana to Mana' practice in Community Food Distribution

Kore HiaKai Zero Hunger Collective

Teachers resource (pdf) - Kore HiaKai supports the frontline work of community food organisations while also undertaking the slower, deeper work of addressing poverty related hunger’s root causes.

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Report, pdf

Topics

Kai, Māori, Sustainability, Circular Economy

Squirrel Monkey sits on rope holding yoghurt container of frozen corn and peas

Summer treat for squirrel monkeys

Auckland Zoo

Video - Watch as Sam prepares the perfect summertime morning tea treat for Auckland Zoo's curious and cute squirrel monkeys!

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Video

Topics

Kai

The Bee Lady with bee on nose

The Bee Lady - Video collection

The Bee Lady

Collection of short videos about the basics of keeping bees

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Video, Website

Topics

Kai

Water pouring onto a pair of hands

Wainuiātea - Te whakapapa o te Wai

Te Pu a nga Maara

Video - Actions to help remember the whakapapa of Wai.

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Video

Topics

Kai, Māori, Rangatahi, Water

Fruits and vegetable groceries arranged on an orange background

Who's up at 5am? - Food at the Zoo

Auckland Zoo

Video - Auckland Zoo's Stores Manager, Ian, shows us the fridges and pantries used for animals diets at Auckland Zoo.

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Video

Topics

Kai

Scientist inside greenhouse

3 Ways We Could Transform the Future of Food

SciShow

Video - As the population grows, the demand for food is only going to increase, but luckily, scientists are already working to solve this problem.

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Video

Topics

Kai

GMO crops

Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food

Kurzgesagt

Video - Are GMOs bad for your health? Or is this fear unfounded?

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Video

Topics

Kai

Gardener holds vegetable crops in garden

Climate Change and the future of production in NZ

Plant & Food

Video - Farmers and researchers are protecting our food security from the effects of climate change in Aotearoa and across the globe.

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Video

Topics

Kai, Sustainability, Circular Economy

Close up of mint bunch

Helpful Herbs

Auckland Botanic Gardens

Printable pdf - Explore the Herb Garden to discover plants from around the world that are grown for different uses.

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Three beeswax candles on wooden background

How to make a beeswax candle

The Bee Lady

Video - Follow along to create a candle using locally sourced beeswax and wicks.

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Video

Topics

Kai

Plentiful stock of fruits and vegetables

Incredible Edibles

Auckland Botanic Gardens

Printable activity - Explore our Edible Garden using this activity sheet to gather ideas that will help you grow delicious food at home!

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Image of hen and chicken fern

Kai from the ngāhere

Auckland Council

Video - Join Anna, Kara, and Baxter as they walk through Totara Park highlighting some of Aotearoa's precious edible plants.

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Video

Topics

Kai

Tomatoes exploding against glass bottle on table

Lets blow tomatoes up!

Stuff

Video - Tomatoes are the cheapest they’ve been in 12 years, so we can afford to blow some up.

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Video

Topics

Kai

Oyster mushrooms backlit

Mushrooms are Awesome - Presentation

The Mushroom Smith

PDF - Fungi presentation slides from Mushroom Smith.

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Toroi Māori delicacy

Rangatahi react to eating toroi

Re: and Mahi Tahi Media

Video - Lets try some māori delicacies! Rangatahi use reo and kai to revitalize and reconnect to māori culture.

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Video

Topics

Kai, Māori

Close up of waves or water

Te Whakapapa o te Wai

Te Pu a nga Maara

Video - Remember the whakapapa of water using this waiata

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Video

Topics

Māori, Water, Kai

The Wai in our Kai

The Wai in Our Kai

Watercare

Video - In this fun-filled lesson, children find out why water is essential for life. The video explores how our bodies use water and how it is stored in our foods. It also looks at where our water comes from and why it is important to use it wisely. Jam-packed with activities, games and science experiments, it will engage and inspire curious minds.

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Video

Topics

Water, Kai, Sustainability

What is food insecurity? An explanation

What is Food Insecurity? An Explanation

Thomas Reuters Foundation

Video - 925 million people go to bed hungry despite there being enough food to feed the planet. This video explains what food (in)security is, and why it is important.

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Video

Topics

Kai, Sustainability

Fascination of plants What do different plants smell of?

Why are plants smelly?

University of Reading

Video - What do different plants smell of? Can smelly plants kill germs? Why are some flowers sweet smelling, others gross, while others don't smell at all?

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Video

Topics

Kai

Tomatillo plant on farm

APEC Food security Explained

APEC NZ

Video - Food security means that everyone has access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, and affordable food and food producers have sustainable livelihoods.

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Video

Topics

Kai, Sustainability

Wheelbarrow full of local produce

Auckland Teaching Gardens - What does a community garden look like?

Auckland Teaching Garden

Video - What does a local community garden look like? What sorts of things can you see at different times of the year?

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Video

Topics

Kai

Giraffe sticking tongue out towards children on platform

Food at the Zoo lesson packs

Auckland Zoo

Teachers pdf lessons - Resources and links to help children understand nutrition and enrichment for animals at the Zoo.

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Pesto in a bowl next to garlic

Herb and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Garden to Table

Recipe - Pesto is a great way to use a surplus of greens in the garden. Use your pesto on toast, crackers or spread on a pizza base.

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Radish and carrot seed tape

How to make: Seed Tape

Garden to Table

PDF - Carrot and radish seeds are so tiny, they need help germinating. Making seed tape helps them grow better.

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Organic Food

Is Organic Really Better? Healthy Food or Trendy Scam?

Kurzgesagt

Video - Organic food is a huge trend: it promises a healthier and better life. But can Organic food really live up to the expectations or is it just baloney?

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Video

Topics

Kai

Boy and girl look at plated dish

Kids Try Spicy Food from Around the World

HiHo Kids

Video - Adventurous and adorable kids give us an entrée into the world’s array of foods and snacks

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Video

Topics

Kai

Cat and dog laying on grass

Make your own - Behaviour Enrichment for Pets

Auckland Zoo

Video - Auckland Zoo educator Laura demonstrates how you can make your very own behavioural enrichment for your pets at home.

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Video

Topics

Kai

Ngā hekaheka o Aotearoa

Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa - Mushrooms of Aotearoa

Huia

Teachers resource (pdf) - A bi-lingual science/mātauranga māori guide to mushrooms of Aotearoa.

Type

pdf

Topics

Kai

Tray of ANZAC biscuits with poppies

See in the Dark ANZAC biscuits

Garden to Table

Recipe - How did food move around the world in times of war? ANZAC cookies were a popular item to send to soldiers across the sea.

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pdf

Topics

Kai

Plant targeted by animals and bacteria

The Amazing ways plants defend themselves

Ted-Ed

Video - Plants are constantly under attack, but how do they protect themselves against threats.

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Video

Topics

Kai

Fresh vegetables in a colander

The Water in our Food

Watercare

Printable activity - How much of our food contains water? Print and cut out to match the picture, name, and water percentage of natural foods. Answers included.

Type

pdf

Topics

Kai, Water

Fast food with soda and burger

What, where and how food is important in children’s lives?

University of Auckland

Pdf - What foods do children eat, what should we be eating, and how does advertising effect children? This slideshow shows the latest in child health research from Dr Victoria Egli and Dr Rajshri Roy.

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pdf

Topics

Kai