Tu Kohatu is a traditional Maori competition played by stacking stones as high as possible on beaches, near rivers or other places with rocks. Totika Kohatu is a tabletop wood rock stacking game that will determine, once and for all, who has the steadiest hand and nerves of steel. Knock the stack over on your turn and lose that round of play. Win a round by successfully stacking the 16th stone. Sounds easy until everyone realizes stacking all 16 stones is nearly impossible but believe us, it’s possible. Don’t give up. Keep practicing and build your skills.
Includes the Early Childhood Social Emotional card deck, which has 188 questions focused on friendships, happiness, anger and fear for children ages 4-7. Each time a player stacks a stone, the adult facilitator draws a card and reads the question for the player to answer. Designed by a Masters-level Early Childhood Educator with over two decades of experience. May be played with any of the Totika question card decks (sold separately). Includes one small die, which is a choking hazard for under age 3.
Totika Early Childhood Social Emotional Cards and Totika Kohatu
- Totika Kohatu means “well-balanced stones, gems or rocks.” To play, take turns rolling and stacking a stone of the rolled color until someone loses the round by knocking over the stack or someone wins by stacking the last stone.
- No set-up time and each round of play takes 3-5 minutes. Strengthens fine motor, visual-spatial and logical thinking skills for ages 4 to Adult.
- 16 precision-cut wood rocks are smooth-sanded locust (solid hardwood), colored with safety tested water-based paint, and vary in height (1.5 – 2 inches) and width (1.0 - 1.5 inches). Three different shapes (4 large stones, 8 medium rocks, 4 small gems). Specifically designed and totally perfect for tabletop competition. It takes patience and skill to stack all 16 and the more level and stable the table, the better chance someone will win a round by stacking the last block.