Early Childhood Education Programmes

Bring the MOTAT magic to your next early childhood class!

Aligned with the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki (1996), MOTAT's Early Childhood education programmes are designed as a guided discovery of our collections by a MOTAT Early Childhood Educator.

Designed for our youngest visitors, learning experiences include a thrilling tram ride and hands-on fun in our specially designed under 5s area, MOTOTs

A tram ride can be negotiated with our Booking Office at bookings@motat.org.nz at the time of booking.

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMMES 

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  • Legend

  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

Te Rapu Taonga

  • Introduction

    A self-guided Museum trail presented in Te Reo Māori.
  • Minds-on

    Kids can discover treasures of the MOTAT collection on this self-guided trail presented in Te Reo Māori. This activity is designed to strengthen the understanding and use of Te Reo, and is suitable for those new to the language and fluent speakers.
  • Hands-on

    Students will be encouraged to search for a variety of items, including Tarakitā, Kura and Wākana, and objects in a variety of colours.
  • Plus

    Ask about booking a tram ride when you book your session.

Learning Areas: Mana Whenua – Belonging, Mana Tangata – Contribution, Mana Reo –  Communication, Mana Aotūroa - Exploration

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
0 – 5 years old

The Sensory Science Session

  • Introduction

    An interactive programme delving into the fascinating world of science.
  • Minds-on

    A collaborative exercise investigating rainbows, shadows, and colour mixing.
  • Hands-on

    This programme encourages youngsters to contribute, communicate and explore in groups as they learn.
  • Plus

    Ask about booking a tram ride when you book your session.

Learning Areas: Mana Tangata – Contribution, Mana Reo –  Communication, Mana Aotūroa - Exploration

Learning Areas
Science
Years & Levels
3 – 5 years old

A Victorian Way of Life

  • Introduction

    This programme offers a variety of Victorian activities, including everyday household chores and recreational activities.
  • Minds-on

    Youngsters get a glimpse into the past with an immersive activity exploring what life was like for children over 100 years ago.
  • Hands-on

    Discover how the washing was done before modern technology replaced the washboard, have a go at Victorian games, all while wearing a Victorian style costume.
  • Plus

    Ask about booking a tram ride when you book your session.

Learning Areas: Mana Whenua – Belonging, Mana Tangata – Contribution, Mana Reo –  Communication, Mana Aotūroa - Exploration

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
0 – 5 years old

Machines in a Toolbox

  • Introduction

    Youngsters explore how simple machines fit and work together to create many of the toys, tools, and accessories we use regularly.
  • Minds-on

    Kids will be supplied with a tool box with components to make a skateboard, pulley system, and a catapult.
  • Hands-on

    These hand-on activities develop both gross and fine motor skills through a variety of challenges, including hammering and construction activities.
  • Plus

    Plus: Ask about booking a tram ride when you book your session.

Learning Areas: Mana Tangata – Contribution, Mana Reo –  Communication, Mana Aotūroa - Exploration

Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
0 – 5 years old

Incredible Inventions

  • Introduction

    This interactive programme introduces kids to the inventions of the past.
  • Minds-on

    Children will discover just how much technology has developed when they explore the history of technology and experience how things used to be done.
  • Hands-on

    Kids will experience using technology of the past with typewriters, switch board phones, dial phones, Morse code and slate boards
  • Plus

    Plus: Ask about booking a tram ride when you book your session.

Learning Areas: Mana Whenua – Belonging, Mana Tangata – Contribution, Mana Reo –  Communication, Mana Aotūroa - Exploration

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
0 – 5 years old

Wheels, Wheels, Wheels.

  • Introduction

    This self-guided programme offers a variety of transport themed activities to be carried out around the MOTAT site.
  • Minds-on

    With seven transport themed activities employing different learning styles, including building, counting, singing and sorting.
  • Hands-on

    With engaging activities from dressing up in a fire fighter’s outfit to reading transport related stories in our old School House. Wheels, Wheels, Wheels has been designed to be completed at the pace of the learner and to interweave learning with the exploration experience.
  • Plus

    Plus: Ask about booking a tram ride when you book your session.

Learning Areas: Mana Atua – Wellbeing,Mana Whenua – Belonging, Mana Tangata – Contribution, Mana Reo –  Communication, Mana Aotūroa - Exploration

Learning Areas
Science, Social Sciences
Years & Levels
0 – 5 years old

Itsy Bitsy Bots – Early Learning Robotics and Coding

  • Introduction

    This programme will introduce youngsters to the language of coding, providing an ideal foundation for future learning.
  • Minds-on

    Students will begin to understand patterns, predict and create outcomes, and solve problems.
  • Hands-on

    An introduction to coding using Cubetto, Bee-Bots, Scribble Bots, and visual aids.
  • Plus

    Ask about our STEAM Cells service, bringing the MOTAT learning experience to you.
Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
3 – 5 year olds. Younger students by negotiation.