As NAIDOC week took place recently, we at Buggles Beckenham discussed the significance of this event with the children.
During the week, we spoke about how NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
The kindy children participated in a variety of activities and learning experiences related to this theme. One of the children’s parents brought in the Aboriginal flag and with lots of enthusiasm and pride, and told us what each of the colours in the flag represents.
For our group mat sessions, the educators brought in some NAIDOC related books. This created more awareness for the children about the significance of the Aboriginal and Indigenous communities of Australia. It enabled us to appreciate their valuable contributions to the culture and traditions of Australia.
We also recognised one of their key achievements- dream time stories. We shared some of the famous stories focusing on this them, and read the stories “How the kangaroos got their tales” and “When the snake bites the sun “. While looking through these books, we discussed the unique dot painting artwork shown in these stories.
Dot Art Paintings
Continuing to focus on NAIDOC week celebrations, we also looked at some dot art paintings created by Indigenous artists. We observed the unique artwork and looked at the patterns that were shown through their art. Then we provided the children with the opportunity to create their own dot art painting! The educators brought in white stones, which the children enthusiastically explored in order to use their imagination and creativity to create unique dot-art paintings.
Rigby the Puppet
Also continuing in NAIDOC week celebrations the children also had the opportunity to explore some special Aboriginal artefacts which were brought in by the educators. First, the children all had a surprise visit from an aboriginal puppet called Rigby. Rigby was a puppet made by the indigenous community in Alice Springs and was moulded just to look as one of the village elders. We looked at the features of Rigby and compared it with pictures in the books. We shared the story of Rigby with the children and they then had the opportunity to touch and play with him. They all agreed that Rigby was a nice doll and everyone liked him very much.
Aboriginal Musical Instruments
We then looked at some Aboriginal musical instruments of a tapping stick and a music finger harp coconut. The children were fascinated with these different unique instruments and then we took turns to play and discover the rhythms of each of the instrument. They also enjoyed tapping the sticks and strumming the harp coconut and closely observed the dot painting artwork design of a kangaroo and a goanna visible in each of the instruments.