Rākau sticks

Rākau sticks

At BestStart MacDonald Street we believe in incorporating Te Ao Māori into our teaching and learning.

Māori stick games consist of the rhythmic throwing and catching of sticks (Te Rākau) from person to person. Traditionally boys and young men used this game to increase dexterity and alertness, while girls and young women were thought to benefit from increased skills for poi and dances.

This is a fun game to play at home. Have a look around and see what you can use as sticks, roller paper towel cores make great rākau sticks.

Have a look at the YouTube video below for ideas on how to play.