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Kids’ Audio Guide – Tell Me a Picture

Have you ever wondered what art looks like through a child’s eyes, or wished you could still see it as children do?

Te Papa’s new Kids’ Audio Guide, Tell Me a Picture, was made by children for children. But kids aren’t the only ones who enjoy the fascinating, funny, and poignant perspectives it offers.

The stars are students in years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7) of Crofton Downs Primary School in Wellington. Encouraged by Helen Lloyd, Te Papa’s Senior Education Programmer, they shared their responses to art works featured in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, which showcases the national collection.

The children were prompted to look carefully at the art and describe what they could see. Then, using all their senses, they went on imaginative journeys into the works and told stories inspired by them.

Their enchanting interpretations remind us that art is for everyone, that it holds infinite meanings, and that we are bound only by our imaginations.

Have a listen. Have a look.

How to talk about art with kids

How to talk about art with kids

Tips from Helen Lloyd, a Senior Educator at Te Papa
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Maori women and children on riverbank

Maori women and children on riverbank

Carmen, aged 6, talks about <EM>Maori women and children on riverbank</EM> by Gottfried Lindauer
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The family

The family

Isaac, aged 7, and Manon, aged 6, talk about <EM>The family</EM> by Paratene Matchitt
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The poet

The poet

Carmen, aged 6, Josh, aged 6, and Mika, aged 5, talk about <EM>The poet</EM> by Gordon Walters
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Figures in landscape

Figures in landscape

Isaac, aged 7, Connor, aged 5, Josh, aged 6, and Emily, aged 7, talk about <EM>Figures in landscape</EM> by Jeffrey Harris
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Rutu

Rutu

Zoe, aged 6, and Sophia, aged 5, talk about <EM>Rutu</EM> by Rita Angus
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Landscape with settlers

Landscape with settlers

Connor, aged 5, talks about <EM>Landscape with settlers</EM> by the Messenger sisters
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A bush settler’s home in New Zealand

A bush settler’s home in New Zealand

Isaac, aged 6, and Isaac, aged 7, talk about <EM>A bush settler’s home in New Zealand</EM> by Samuel Stuart
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Untitled Girl in bush setting

Untitled Girl in bush setting

Zoe, aged 6, talks about <EM>Girl in a bush setting</EM> by an unknown artist
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Orakei Korako on the Waikato

Orakei Korako on the Waikato

Sofia, aged 5, talks about <EM>Orakei Korako on the Waikato</EM> by Charles Blomfield
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