NatureSpace's exciting school outreach programme.
Three schools in the South Island got the chance to design a mini exhibition using their own collection of taonga from the natural world.
Come and meet the students that were chosen to exhibit at Te Papa and read the stories behind their collection.
See the Wonderboxes on display in NatureSpace, level 2.
James Higginson, Year 4
The theme of my wonder box collection is bones from the Kaikoura coastline. I found some of the bones, and my family helped. They were hard to find because they were sometimes buried in the sand or tangled in seaweed.
My collection is special because if I find enough bones, I could make a whole body. The reason the bones are white is because they’ve been bleached by the sun.
Did you know that carnivores have pointy teeth and herbivores have flat teeth?
Autumn in Pollard Park
Zara Alexander, Year 5
I chose to collect nuts because my family and I like to go to PollardPark in Blenheim. There are lots of trees there.
When I went to the park, there were lots of chestnuts, acorns, and hazelnuts hiding in the leaves. I thought they were unusual because they come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colours. Nuts are special to me because they are part of the tree life cycle.
Have a close look at all the different nuts in my collection.
Awesome Saint Arnaud
Marcos Marshall, Year 5
My wonder box collection came from around my family bach (holiday house) at Saint Arnaud, LakeRotoiti, Tasman, Nelson.
I found my treasures with my dad. The black rock is called an ash rock, which I found in the bush. The piece of wood was on the track to the lake. The grey rock came from the beach.
There is a big lake at Saint Arnaud and lots of bush too. My family likes doing bushwalks, going in the biscuit (inflatable) behind the boat, snorkeling, and canoeing.
Do you have a special place like this?
Attractive Overseas Shells
Hannah Martin, Year 5
I chose shells from around the world for my wonder box because my nana collected them when she went on holiday to Holland, Canada, Australia, and even more exciting places!
I have a lot of shells at home, and I always try to add more to my collection. I found cat’s eyes and mussels from beaches around New Zealand. I found out that a tiger cowrie comes from Holland and that another name for a scallop shell is ‘lion’s paw’.
I have heaps more shells, but they couldn’t all fit in the box!
Samara Williams, Year 5
I chose Ward Beach for my wonder box because my family used to go camping in our campervan there.
I like going to different places and then bringing home bags of shells. My favourites here are the mini shells. They are special to me because I found all of them on my first trip to Ward Beach. Over the years, I have been collecting kina and sorting them in order from largest to smallest.
Can you match the pictures of the shells to the real things?
Hunting with Dad
Ned Boyce, Year 5
I collected my wonder box items from Dad’s hunting block. It took a lot of time to get all the items I needed.
These items are special to me because they will bring back memories when I’m older of the times I shared with my dad and brother, going hunting and motorbiking. They have been great fun.
Can you see the tussock grass standing tall and proud? When the wind blows, it looks like waves gently crashing over one another. On a hot day, I like to lie down in the grass because it’s like a blanket.