Belonging is a key theme for our early years learning framework in Australia to support young children develop a strong sense of identity. The 4th August is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day and it’s the largest national day in Australia to celebrate celebrate the strengths and culture of children. Today it is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. That sense of belonging and knowing where we came from gives roots to grow into strong trees. Today on the blog we have 5 simple and easy activities to celebrate today.
1. Find out the names of your local aboriginal tribes so you children re. Our children should be familiar with their local people. Draw a map of your local community. Where is the park? Where is the shop? What is part of your local community?
Get outdoors and collect some sticks and stones and make a pretend camp fire to tell stories around. Talk about the importance of the fire for warmth, food and place where people come together.
3. Read an Indigenous Story
How the sun was made: an Aboriginal legend / retold and Illustrated by Katherine Morris
Little Hills Press, 1984
Dunbi the owl / told by Daisy Utemorrah; retold and illustrated By Pamela Lofts, Ashton Scholastic, 1983
How the kangaroos got their tails / told by George Mung Mung Lirrmiyarri; compiled by Pamela Lofts Ashton Scholastic, 1987
4. Draw your Family Tree
Draw a tree and let your children draw all the people connected to them in the tree. Think of where grandma and grandad came from. Is it local? Is it far away? Do they speak a different language where they came from?
5. Make Damper
Food is a way of bringing people together with recipes shared in families. Think about your family favourites and have a look at how one school in the Northern Territory shares the way they make damper: http://www.schools.nt.edu.au/walungurru/learn1.htm
Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by SNAICC, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care. Children’s Day was first observed in 1988, with 2015 being the 28th celebration. Each year SNAICC produces and distributes resources to help organisations, services, schools, and communities celebrate at the local level. For more information visit SNAICC