The Māori Alphabet blocks were created as a collaborative project with Michigan-based company, Uncle Goose. The 24 wooden blocks feature the Māori alphabet (with macronised letters) alongside numbers, math symbols, poupou figures and tukutuku patterns. The figures can be stacked atop one another and when arranged side by side, the imagery resembles the arrangement of pou and tukutuku seen in whare (Maori meeting-houses).
The blocks were also designed to be visual learning aids, helping our tamariki learn about whakairo Māori and the creation of Te Ao Marama. In order to tell the story of how the world of light came to be the sons of Rangi and Papa, Tāne-mahuta, Rongomatāne, Tangaroa, Haumia-tiketike, Tūmatauenga and Tāwhiri-mātea, are presented on the blocks. Each of these atua holds or wears an item associated with their persona. For example Tūmatauenga, the deity of war, holds a type of club known as a wahaika. Each of the brothers is also rendered in one of six major carving styles. Those represented are Taranaki, Hauraki, Tāmaki-makaurau, Te Arawa, Whānau-a-Apanui and Tūranga.
Purchasing the Maori Alphabet Blocks:
For those in interested in purchasing the blocks, they can be found at a number of retailers throughout New Zealand. For quick and easy on-line purchase of the blocks I recommend Endemic World.
Retailers interested in stocking the blocks, please contact our New Zealand distributor, Logical Toys.